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Eichmann's feet 

One winter day in the mid-fifties, a group of us fourth-grade 
boys gathered during lunchbreak at the brick wall at the far 
end of the schoolyard, a place far from the teacher monitors 
who, with hands in coat pockets and cigarettes in lips, were 
scanning the swirling games for evidence of trouble. Joined in 
a rough huddle, we passed a photograph from hand to hand. 
It showed Adolph Hider and a group of German officers. 
The Fuhrer was smiling, and the soldiers were smiling, and 
everyone was dressed in uniforms and caps. The curious and 
wonderful thing, though, was that while the soldiers stood in 
polished boots, the Fuhrer did not, and one could therefore 
see that in fact he did not have feet but cloven hooves. The 
story told by the boy who had brought the photo to school 
(claiming to have found it in a drawer in his father's desk) was 
that Hider was asleep when word of a great victory reached 
him, and he leapt from bed and rushed out to celebrate with 
his colleagues, forgetting to put on the jackboots that he used, 
under normal circumstances, to conceal his true genus. 

For those of us gathered at the wall, the evidence before 
our eyes, and the import of that evidence, seemed reason- 
able, salutary, even comforting. Like most well-raised and 
well-protected children, we were confirmed dualists: good 
and evil were the opposing powers that made life intelligi- 
ble, whether in Yankee Stadium, in the war with Interna- 
tional Communism, or in the Hopalong Cassidy shorts that 
opened children's matinees at the neighborhood movie 
palace. That Hitler was Satan, and not human, made perfect 
sense given what we knew of his desires and bloody accom- 
plishments — made more sense, in fact, than anything we 
had been taught, or might have overheard or imagined on 
our own (or, frankly, would later learn). 

I'm not sure when my personal fling with dualism ended, 
but the letdown seems to have been gradual, as happens in 
most cases, and it was certainly complete by 1961, when 
Adolf Eichmann — spectacled, sallow, diffident, the kid who 
gets picked last for dodgeball — went on trial in Jerusalem 
for carrying out Hitler's plan to have Europe's Jews killed as 
quickly and as efficiently as possible. I was a teenager then, 
and so I knew the world for what it was: a road accident, a 
folly, a joke that wasn't funny enough; and I knew as well 
what Eichmann's feet were like. They were yellow-white 
and clean, like wax on an old candle, with faint traceries of 
red and blue blood vessels alongside the slim, girlish ankles; 
with arches that ached after a post-dinner walk or a trolley 
ride on which Herr Eichmann was obliged to stand because 
he had given his seat to an elderly woman. The toes were 

rather small, and somewhat mashed by their years in pointy- 
toed boots and narrow shoes. The toenails were clipped 
straight across and close, probably once a week, following a 
warm bath. 

Primo Levi, who had the misfortune to become one of the 
20th century's most accomplished students of evil, once 
noted that it was self-conscious artistry that distinguished 
the real thing from all its wannabe cousins — like stupid bru- 
tality or crude barbarism. "Arbeit machtfrei" over the entry 
gate to Auschwitz, was the sprightly touch of evil, as was the 
inmate orchestra that played Mozart while the doomed were 
invited down from their railroad cars. In more recent years, 
Levi's standards were nicely met by the Serbs who paraded 
naked Serb women before naked Bosnian male prisoners 
and then dismembered the Bosnians who showed the slight- 
est natural physical response. And biblically, the Serpent's 
use of Eve as a way to bring Adam to sin against God and at 
the same time place a chasm forever between man and 
woman certainly makes the grade. 

I was mugged once, kidnapped once, and once knew a 
sadist. But I am no expert on evil. Further, I confess to find- 
ing it dull, inert, platitudinous matter, like Eichmann's feet. 
Auden, in my view, got it disdainfully right in "September 1, 
1939": "I and the public know / What all schoolchildren 
learn, / Those to whom evil is done / Do evil in return." 
The accounting couldn't be simpler. The airplane aimed at 
the office lounge? The pension plan laid bankrupt? The 
bomb in the rented truck beside the day care center? Not a 
problem. You may need to check back a few years, but some- 
where on a balance sheet or in an auditor's note you'll find 
the entry that seems to equalize the books: a pinched child- 
hood, an unjust treaty, a dog-toothed god who sends signals. 

I know very well what theologians say about the mystery 
of evil. For me, however, goodness, not evil, is the mystery. 
What complex logarithm could allow us to predict the tra- 
jectories of the WTC stair climbers, or of those who stayed 
behind with frightened colleagues? Or of those who called 
the answering machine at home to swear unregretting love 
from the edge of eternity, or of those who backed away from 
crowded elevators, saying, "No, you first. Please"? 

Our story on the art of evil, conceived long before Sep- 
tember 1 1 but perturbed, like so much else, by the events of 
that day, begins on page 20. 

Ben Bimbaum 


WINTER 2002 



VOL. 62 NO. 1 




20 Art of darkness 

Three writers on the nature of evil: the 2001 Boston 
Co\\e,gd Atlantic Monthly symposium on belief and non-belief 

NATIVE EVIL Kathleen Norris 
DEMON evil Joyce Carol Oates 
evil by CHOICE Nathan Englander 

32 Get busy, girlfriend 

Carlo Rotella 

Women's boxing has long been a sport. Now it may become 
big business 

42 The contender 

Megan Gerson '00 was looking for a way to fill the long winter 
when she wandered into the Fairbanks, Alaska, boxing club. 
Her e-mails home tell the rest 

45 The improbable career 
of Mr. Blue 

John Breslin, SJ 

In 1928, Myles Connolly '18 created a Jazz Age hero for young 
U.S. Catholics. His peculiar literary creation survives 



• Off campus • Urban 
renewal • Lab test • Word 
travels • Dear Jackie 

• Public television • Fantasy 


53 Q&A 

John Makransky, associate 
professor of theology, 
on being Buddhist in the 
modern world 




Comic book curator 
David Jay Gabriel '88 


Follows page 28 


From the series Shadow by Arthur Tress. Additional images appear, beginning on page 20. All images © Arthur Tress, 1975. 




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Ben Birnbaum 


Anna Marie Murphy 


Annette Trivette 
Melodie Wertelet 


Gary Wayne Gilbert 


Lee Pellegrini 


Catherine E. Burke 


Tim Heffernan 

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I just read the Fall edition of 
BCM, and I want to tell you 
what a wonderful job you did 
in covering the 9/11 tragedy. 
I could hardly read the "Re- 
membered" page through my 
tears; so many talented people. 

Thank you for letting 
parents know what steps the 
school takes when a tragedy 

Nicholson, Pennsylvania 

hero's choice 

Tim Townsend's profile ("At 
Ground Zero," Fall 2001) 
of John McCann '99, a fire- 
fighter who worked in the 
wreckage of the World Trade 
Center, is gut-wrenching. 
As a graduate of a top-ranked 
university, McCann could 
have chosen work that was 
less risky and financially more 
rewarding. But he chose to 
work face-to-face with evil 
and human fragility. 

I saw Lower Manhattan 
burn on September 1 1 . There 
is a difference between watch- 
ing your city burn and being 
at the seat of that tragedy. 
BC has graduated many peo- 
ple who have made it in the 
world of business. But it has 
also graduated many others 
who chose a more humble 
and, in McCann's case, heroic 
life. People like McCann 
bring pride to my alma mater. 

Brooklyn, New York 


Based on my own experience, 
I want to offer advice to sur- 
viving parents raising young 
children. I was born in 1940. 
In 1 942 , our home burned, 
and we (my mother, her par- 
ents, and I) were rescued by 

the fire department. My father 
was at sea, serving as an 
ordinary seaman in the U.S. 
Merchant Marine. Seven 
months later, his ship was tor- 
pedoed and sunk in the 
North Atlantic. All were lost. 
Human loss as a result of 
deliberate, violent acts leaves 
behind, I believe, a special 
grief and sorrow. Your child in 
time will appreciate your 
struggle and may think of his 
or her care as a burden. 
Your child may not speak of 
this, wanting not to add to 
your sorrow. Therefore, as my 
mother let me know in differ- 
ent words, tell your child 
that the blossoming, irrepress- 
ible, uproarious life, barely 
contained in that little body, 
not only made the effort nec- 
essary — it made it possible. 

Belle Mead, New Jersey 


My heart was filled with 
tremendous pride at the ex- 
pression of "lived community" 
that characterized Boston 
College on the morning of 
September 1 1 and in the days 
that followed. Thank you 
to William Leahy, SJ, and 
thank you to the team. 

I was saddened to learn 
that a student wanted to re- 
nounce his citizenship because 
of the faults he recognized in 
his country's leadership. He 
would surely find comparable 
failures in any other country. 

Edmonton, Alberta 

An added bonus for me in the 
Fall 2001 issue is the poetry 
of Robert Cording, Ph.D.77 
("Married Love"). I met Mr. 
Cording in September at a re- 

ception at Holy Cross. He 
had just been designated the 
first recipient of a new chair 
in creative writing. 

Newton, Massachusetts 


Primitive chic scales new 
heights of silliness when John 
Motoviloff writes of duck 
hunting ("Driftless, Wiscon- 
sin," Fall 2001). 

When you look past the 
romantic posturing, Mr. 
Motoviloff is bragging about 
the enjoyment he takes in 
killing beings who bear him 
no ill will and could not harm 
him if they wanted to. If he 
wants to play-act at "satisfying 
the primitive hunger," there 
are plenty of video games 
that pander to our less civi- 
lized appetites. That way 
no living beings will have to 
die in his charade. 


Silver Spring, Maryland 

Editors note: Mr. Phelps is a 
program coordinator at the 
Fund for Animals. 


As an academic and career ad- 
visor at Keene State College 
in New Hampshire, I read 
with great interest of Half- 
time, Boston College's break 
in the action for sophomores 
("Time Out," Fall 2001). 

We have found that our 
second-year undecided stu- 
dents and lower-level transfer 
students are often our "for- 
gotten" population. As Leah 
Piatt's article mentioned, first- 
year students are embraced 
by Orientation, juniors have 
decided on and are pursuing 
a major, and seniors are in- 
volved in outward transition 

2 WINTER 2002 

programs from career focus to 
graduate program research. 
But what of the sophomores? 

Williamsville, Vermont 

whalen's gift 

I'm sure all the Newton Col- 
lege alumnae appreciated, 
as I did, the acknowledgement 
of James J. Whalen's death in 
the last issue of the magazine, 
but I can't leave notice of 
his passing to a one-line an- 

Those of us who were 
Newton students during Dr. 
Whalen's presidency came 
to appreciate the wit and 
intelligence he brought to the 
college's daily life and the 
controversies he engaged. 
As a student, I had the chance 
to argue many of the issues 
of the times directly with Dr. 
Whalen, and I always left 
thinking he understood my 
position better than I did. 

Jim Whalen was a presi- 
dent who never forgot he was 
an educator. 

Dr. Whalen's professional 
career had only begun when 
he completed the transaction 
that transferred Newton 
College of the Sacred Heart 
to Boston College, the begin- 


F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote that 
"there are no second acts in 
American lives." Labor statistics — 
and even a perusal of the Class- 
notes pages in this publication — 
suggest he was mistaken, journal- 
ists become musicians, fitness 
trainers become engineers, 
lawyers become stand-up comics. 
Have you staged a surprising sec- 
ond act in your life? Do you know 
a BC alumnus or alumna who 

ning of a great era for the 
University. He engaged that 
controversy with intelligence 
and grace and went on to 
many years of distinguished 
leadership of Ithaca College. 
Along the way, Jim Whalen 
became a leading and respect- 
ed participant in the debates 
on American higher educa- 
tion's most pressing issues. 
A few of us (including this 
writer) were influenced in our 
career choices by his work. 

We lie sky, Massachusetts 

Editor's note: Ms. Byrne is vice 
president for administration 
and planning at Wellesley 

As a member of the group 
featured in the summer 2001 
issue ("The Group"), I want 
to thank Boston College Maga- 
zine for its focus on an im- 
portant element of life: 
friendship. I also want to 
thank Charlotte Bruce Harvey 
for her gende manner and her 
sensitive wiiting. 

In response to Patricia 
Cruise's comment in her letter 
to the editor in the Fall 2001 
edition, I too thought, at first, 

has? The editors of Boston 
College Magazine would like 
to hear from you. 

Please contact us 

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that activities and achieve- 
ments would be included in 
the article. As my (telephone) 
interview with "Brucie" was 
coming to a close I asked if 
she now wanted to know 
about awards, honors, accom- 
plishments, etc. Her response 
truly pleased me. She remind- 
ed me that this article was 
about friendship — purely 
friendship. How nice. How 
very, very nice. 

Brookline, Massachusetts 


I regularly see six alumni 
magazines, and BCM is the 
most impressive and relevant. 
Congratulations on the fine 
job you do for BC's alumni. 

Bethesda, Maryland 

Boston College's ROTC 
detachment has been compil- 
ing the names of alumni and 
former students who gave 
their lives in service to our 
country. The eventual goal is 
to add plaques for World War 
I, Korea, and Vietnam to 
the World War II one already 
in Gasson 100. 

We have, well-document- 
ed, the names from World 
War I and World War II. 
The difficulty has been with 
Korea and Vietnam. For the 
former we have three names 
and the latter, 21. We are sure 
that there are more. 

It is our hope that BCM 
readers will contact us with 
the names we have missed. 
They can communicate with 
Capt. Brett Tashiro, Boston 
College Army ROTC De- 
tachment, in Carney #25; at 
(617) 552-3230; or by e-mail 

The names that we know 
of are, from Korea: Joseph 
Flarity '51, 1st Lt. US Army; 
Ronald Hickey '51, 2d Lt. US 
Army; and Stanley Urbanec 
'52, 2d Lt. US Army. 

From the Vietnam War: 
John Coll, Jr. '66, IstLt. US 
Army; Michael B. Counihan 
'67, Sgt. US Army; John R. 
Davis '66, 2d Lt. USAF; 
Louis D. Dobbin II '65, 1st 
Lt. USMC; Steven Donaldson 
'68, 2dLt. USMC; James E. 
Dooley '64, Lt. USNR; Louis 
A. Favussa '69, 1st Lt. US 
Army; John Fitzgibbons '67, 
2d Lt. US Army; Joseph X. 
Grant '61, Capt. US Army 
(Medal of Honor). 

Also, Daniel M. Kellett 
'64, IstLt. US Army; 
Thomas Lufkin '66, Lt. (jg) 
USN; Christopher H. Markey 
'68, 2d Lt. USMC; Daniel 
Minahan '66, 1st Lt. USMC; 
Michael J. Monahan '68, Pfc. 
USMC; Edward J. Murphy 
'56, Maj. US Army; Richard 
L. O'Leary '66, 2d Lt. 
USMC; Dennis J. Reardon 
'67, 1st Lt. USMC; Paul Sul- 
livan '65, 1st Lt. US Army; 
Richard J. Sullivan '63, Lt. 
USNR; Lucien C. Tessier '66, 
1st Lt. USMC; and Michael 
Vaughn '65, 1st Lt. US Army. 

Many thanks. 

Boston College 

Correction: The campus scenes 
on pages 7 and 9 of the Fall 
2001 issue were photographed 
by Michael Mergen. In Works 
& Days, the photograph of 
firefighter John McCann was 
taken by William Moree. 

BCM welcomes letters from readers. 
Letters may be edited for length 
and clarity, and must be signed to 
be published. Our fax number is 
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Over there 


Boston is a small city of 50,000 lying on a broad plain 
beside the English Channel, about two hours northeast 
of London by train. Boston College — the other Boston 
College — is a public institution serving about 1,500 full- 
time students, ranging from teenagers completing their 
GCSE studies (approximately equivalent to U.S. high 
school) to twenty-somethings working at the university 
level. I first ran into it on the Internet, but last Novem- 
ber, on vacation in England, I decided to pay a real visit. 

4 WINTER 2002 

The train ride there took me through a perfect English 
landscape — sheep in broad pastures, small stone churches, 
fields greening with winter crops — making my arrival in 
Boston all the more jarring. Exiting the station house, I 
found myself at the lonely end of an empty cul-de-sac, star- 
ing at the blank rear wall of a dull brick warehouse. Rain 
splattered off the tarmac; traffic whooshed in the distance. I 
could smell a river, and something being fried, but there was 
no sign of a campus anywhere. 

Thankfully, the one other passenger who had disem- 
barked was a Boston College student. Carrie — overnight 
bag in one hand, cell phone in the other — kindly introduced 
herself, and we agreed to split cab fare to the campus. On 
the way I explained what I was up to; Carrie had never heard 
of America's Boston College, and she contemplated my chat 
about "cross-cultural encounters" quietly. I angled for leads: 
Maybe there was a pub or rec center where students con- 
gregated? No. Maybe a coffeeshop? No, again. A McDon- 
ald's, even? Carrie shot me a sympathetic look, the sort 
reserved for the hopelessly lost. "I'm sorry," she said, and 
laughed, "but there's absolutely nothing." 

That's not quite fair. Boston, I found out, is re- 
ally just an overgrown English farm town, with a mix of me- 
dieval and more recent architecture and a midsized seaport 
a short walk from the town center. Enough people live there 
to support some light commerce: a florist, several inns, a 
stationer, the requisite pubs. Produce and poultry are raised 
in the outlying fields, and a few fishing boats still ply the 
Channel. There's not nothing; there's just not much to in- 
terest the average young adult. 

Boston College itself consists of three small campuses a 
few blocks apart, tucked into the seaward edge of town and 
separated from the main road by an enormous public field. 
Academic departments are housed in concrete buildings of 
1960s vintage; there's a cluster of low-slung dormitories and 
a small cafeteria done up in bright yellow and orange. 

Most students were in class when I arrived, so I wandered 
around getting a feel for the place and wound up in the li- 
brary. An administrator there described the student body for 
me. Boston College, England, she said, serves three types of 
student: local residents; commuters from up to a hundred 
miles away; and foreign students, predominantly Chinese. 
The English students are often the first in their families to 
go on in school, and tend to come from small farm towns. 
The Chinese students also tend to be the academic pioneers 
of their families, but are for the most part urban: They grew 
up in Hong Kong or Beijing. 

When classes let out for lunch, I headed out to mix with 
the students. I met Dan, Matt, and Chris, three undergrads 
from Boston proper, under the eaves of the main building. 
They, too, had not heard about the Boston College in Mass- 

achusetts — I had to show them my maroon-and-gold sweat- 
shirt to prove that I wasn't putting them on — but at age 19, 
they had a good sense of why they were in school. Stay at 
home, Dan said, and "you're either going to work on a farm, 
or you're going to work at a packing factory." The others 
nodded; Matt took a long, thoughtful drag on his cigarette. 
"And that's a no-good choice," he said, and exhaled a cheer- 
less blue cloud. More nodding. Their fathers, it turned out, 
do exactly those sorts of jobs, and don't want their sons to 
settle for the same thing. The guys had gone to school not 
for a general education, but to learn a skilled trade. Though 
Boston College, England, does offer courses in the liberal 
arts, many students — by far the majority I spoke with — 
choose to study a vocation: auto mechanics, electrical work, 
hotel management. 

I asked Dan, Matt, and Chris what they did for enter- 
tainment in Boston. "Well, there's a skate park," said Matt, 
after some thought, "but it's got no lights at night, so you 
can't use it much." There's also a swimming pool, universal- 
ly scorned by the college students because it has no diving 
board and is frequented by families with young children. 
Any dance clubs? "They're rough at night," said Chris. Dan 
seconded that view, and then urged me to watch a docu- 
mentary of the town put out by the BBC a few years ago. 
Apparently it's mostly about street fights. 

Boston, England, is not an easy place to love, but the stu- 
dents I spoke to, for all their griping, seemed unwilling to 
give up on it, or themselves. A young woman studying to be 
a beautician, after bellyaching at length about the bores of 
country life, told me flat out that she "wouldn't live in Lon- 
don for money." She hoped, in fact, to stay in the area after 
getting her degree, and many of her classmates will stick 
around as well. 

1 Called. IOr a taXl in the late afternoon, and when I 
slumped into the seat, the cabbie asked me how my inter- 
views had gone. He was the same man, of course, who had 
given Carrie and me a lift that morning. We got to talking 
about my experiences in England, and then about his expe- 
riences in America — he'd gone to the University of 
Delaware in the 1970s, and sorely missed "those enormous 
sandwiches" he used to have for lunch. Hoagies, yes: After 
three days of starving on Britain's ungenerous portions, I 
missed them, too. Boston College, England, had not been 
what I expected, I told my driver — I'd been ready for some- 
thing like those classic British institutions, Cambridge and 
Oxford. Too much Hollywood in my diet, I mused. My 
driver nodded in agreement. "Now, you're from the Boston 
College over there, right?" he asked. I affirmed; he knew 
something about us, then? "Well, no," he said. "I've only 
just heard of it. What's it like?" 

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The Boston College Citizens Seminars helped redefine Boston once 

Indicators of progress: Boston Globe editor Martin Baron, left, and Greg 
Watson, vice president of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, at 
the December 12, 2001, meeting of the Boston College Citizens Seminar 

When Boston Mayor Thomas 
M. Menino stepped to the 
podium in a downtown hotel 
one morning last December to 
address the most recent 
Boston College Citizens Semi- 
nar, he focused at length on 
the city's ethnic and racial di- 
versity. Speaking to the topic 
"Metro Boston in the New 
Global Era: The Dynamics of 
Change," Menino noted with 
pride that one of every four 
Bostonians was born outside 
the United States and that 
more than 140 languages are 
spoken in the metropolitan 
area. "Last year, when I gave 

my State of the City speech," 
he said, "we broadcast it in 
seven different languages. 
Could you imagine that in the 
1950s? No way." 

Delivered to a crowd of 
some 400 of the city's civic, po- 
litical, and business leaders 
drawn together by the Univer- 
sity, the Mayor's comments 
garnered enthusiastic applause, 
and not just because the atten- 
dees happened to be highly di- 
verse. The subtext was that the 
Citizens Seminars — which, 
two or three times a year, bring 
Boston movers and shakers 
to bear on issues pressing to 

the city — have changed as the 
city has changed, adapting to 
Boston's needs and opportuni- 
ties since the University began 
them nearly 50 years ago. 
Some changes are apparent 
from a glance around the 
room. (A photograph of the 
first seminar, held in Boston 
College's Fulton Hall in 1954, 
captured a wide sea of middle- 
aged white faces above dark 
business suits.) Others are re- 
flected in the questions of the 
day and the resources at 
hand — now aimed at managing 
and sustaining growth rather 
than at stemming a city's de- 

Patrick Purcell, publisher 
of the Boston Herald and the 
current chairman of the 
Boston College Citizens Semi- 
nars, made clear in a short his- 
tory he gave how far the city 
has come with the aid of the 
seminars. "In the 1950s," he 
said, "Boston was in a slump." 
This was an understatement; 
in the 1950s, the city was on 
the verge of bankruptcy. Inad- 
equate schools and services 
were driving residents into the 
suburbs. The manufacturing 
industry was being decimated 
by outside competition. The 
shipping industry was being 
weakened by labor strife. And 
the individuals in a position to 
help — the city's Irish political 
leaders and Brahmin business- 
men — clung to an historic dis- 
trust of one another. 

In stepped W. Seavey 
Joyce, SJ, then the dean of 

BC's College of Business Ad- 
ministration. Joyce saw in 
Boston's grim condition an 
opportunity for the University 
to create a forum for the 
city's leaders on neutral turf — 
while simultaneously enhanc- 
ing BC's prominence. 

of the seminars were enor- 
mously successful, and they 
have taken on something of a 
mythic aura in Boston leader- 
ship circles. Out of them 
came plans for the Prudential 
Center, the expansion of 
transit lines, a new Govern- 
ment Center, a revitalized wa- 
terfront, the renewal of the 
market district, and more 
commercial construction than 
the city had seen for a genera- 
tion. By the 1960s, Boston 
had recovered economically, 
and Boston College had 
become a highly visible agent 
of change. 

What followed, however, 
was a period of stagnation. In 
the 1970s, with the big work 
of rebuilding Boston complet- 
ed, the creative energy of the 
Citizens Seminars dissipated. 

"Once the city rebounded, 
there was less of a need for 
anybody to push an agenda," 
says Peter Rollins, executive 
director of corporate and gov- 
ernment affairs at BC's Carroll 
School of Management and, 
for the past decade, one of the 
main architects of the semi- 
nars. "The power structure 
stopped coming. Attendance 

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dropped. The people who 
showed up were lower on the 
totem pole." Some of this was a 
consequence of a changing 
economy: Corporate consolida- 
tion had moved the headquar- 
ters of several large companies 
out of Boston. Furthermore, 
much of the work in civic plan- 
ning had devolved to the state 
and local governments. 

"The seminars did remain 
kind of a meeting place," says 
Jim Lehane, the executive 
assistant to University Presi- 
dent William P. Leahy, SJ, and 
a longtime observer of the 
seminars. "But you weren't 
getting breakthroughs any- 
more. You had other organiza- 
tions, you had the Vault" — the 
secretive twice-weekly meeting 
of influential Boston execu- 
tives — "and you had strong 

mayors. So basically what hap- 
pened was that the seminars 
became an untapped resource." 

It is with this history in 
mind that the seminars' plan- 
ners in recent years have been 
trying to forge a new viability. 
They have made the seminars 
more inclusive, expanding 
the invitation list to involve 
members of smaller civic and 
neighborhood organizations 
and emphasizing audience par- 
ticipation, which in the past 
was limited to a brief Q & A 
session. "Instead of having 60 
or 70 businesspeople gather- 
ing," says Peter Rollins, "now 
you have a true gathering of 
community activists — people 
on the front lines in the metro 
Boston region." Meanwhile, 
the University has been joined 
by some powerful cosponsors: 

the Boston Foundation, the 
City of Boston /Boston Rede- 
velopment Authority, and the 
Metropolitan Area Planning 

signed to face a new threat. 
"Boston has rescued itself from 
the oblivion into which it ap- 
peared to be headed," Paul 
Grogan, the director of the 
Boston Foundation, said at the 
seminar. "But we have to be 
careful of the complacency of 
good times." Boston's current 
problems — sprawl, traffic and 
transportation congestion, per- 
sistent poverty and social 
stresses, inadequate school per- 
formance — cannot be fixed 
quickly with an infusion of cap- 
ital, as many of the city's earlier 
problems were, Grogan and 

T. Frank Kennedy, SJ 


Associate professor T. Frank 
Kennedy, SJ, '71, has been appoint- 
ed director of the Jesuit Institute. 
A scholar of early Baroque music 
and chair of BC's Music Depart- 
ment, Fr. Kennedy succeeds 
Canisius Professor of Theology 
Michael Buckley, SJ, who held the 
post for the past decade. 

At the table in the foreground, seminar participants were asked to discuss ways to improve race and ethnic 
relations in Boston. Elsewhere in the room, table talk focused on such topics as voter participation, workforce devel- 
opment, affordable housing, protection of green and recreational spaces, and access to health care. 


The Social Security Administration 
has more than doubled its grant 
to the Boston College Center for 
Retirement Research in the current 
academic year, resulting in a total 
award of $2.1 million. The center, 
headed by Professor Alicia H. 
Munnell, funds research into and 
disseminates information about 
retirement policy issues. 


The Boston College Club has pre- 
sented a $20,000 check to the 
University, establishing a scholar- 
ship fund for Boston inner-city stu- 
dents. The money represents BC's 
first revenues from a profit-sharing 
agreement between the University 
and the club's management firm, 
Club Corporation of America. "We 
didn't expect this to take place for 
about 10 years," club cofounder 
John F. Joyce '57 said. The Boston 
College Club was founded in 1998. 

ISOS I <)\ ( Ol I !■<,! \1 \(, \/l\l 7 

others suggested. If the perti- 
nent question asked at the first 
Citizens Seminar (by then 
Mayor John Hynes) was, Can 
Boston "regain its former place 
as one of the prosperous, 
forward-looking cities?" then 
the pertinent question in De- 
cember (raised in a multimedia 
presentation by the Boston 
Foundation) was, "What is 
your vision for Greater Boston 
in the 2 1st century?" 

It was a patient, all-comers 
type of question, and that was 
exactly what the planners in- 
tended. They had chosen the 
keynote speaker — Malcolm 
Gladwell, a staff writer at the 
New Yorker and the author 
of The Tipping Point: How Little 
Things Can Make a Big Differ- 
ence (2000) — expressly for the 

emphasis he places on change 
from below and on the capaci- 
ty of individuals to make an 
"extraordinary social impact." 
But even grassroots orga- 
nizers require resources, 
and the more diverse the par- 
ticipants in the seminars are, 
the more essential it is that 
they share a sophisticated view 
of the city in all its parts. In 
recent years, the Citizens 
Seminars have been working 
with a state-of-the-art tool: 
the report of the Boston 
Indicators Project. The Indi- 
cators Project is a citywide co- 
operative effort, sponsored by 
the Boston Foundation, that 
tracks data and trends in 1 
aspects of city life: civic health, 
cultural life and the arts, 
economy, education, environ- 

ment, housing, public health, 
public safety, technology, and 
transportation. A draft of the 
first Indicators Report, "The 
Wisdom of Our Choices," was 
presented at a Citizens Semi- 
nar in 1999, and the final re- 
port premiered at a Citizens 
Seminar in 2000. New reports 
will be issued every two years 
until 2030— Boston's 400th 

The symbiosis between 
the Citizens Seminar and the 
Indicators Project was most 
apparent at the concluding 
session, when the individuals 
in the audience, seated in 
roundtable subgroups, were 
asked to focus on one aspect of 
the 10 indicator fields (e.g., 
Changing Housing Needs, 
Family Self-Sufficiency). The 

conversations were often heat- 
ed, and it was telling that 
many complained they were 
not given enough time to ac- 
complish anything. 

They weren't supposed to, 
explained Massachusetts 
BlueCross BlueShield Vice 
President Peter Meade, who 
served as moderator. The pur- 
pose of the new seminars is not 
to hammer out infrastructure 
plans, but to advance discus- 
sion and to trade information. 
Or, as Boston College's Peter 
Rollins puts it: "We don't need 
to build skyscrapers or banks 
anymore. We need to look at 
the base issues." 

Daniel B. Smith 

Daniel B. Smith is a freelance 
writer based in Boston. 

CORN — La Legende du Mate, a 
1942 watercolor, is on display 
in Andre Masson: Inside/Outside 
Surrealism. The exhibit of works 
from the Cotlieb Collection — 
the personal holdings of former 
Canadian ambassador to the 
U.S. Allan Gotlieb — is featured 
at Boston College's Mc Mull en 
Museum of Art through April 
28, 2002. The show contains 
more than 90 pieces spanning 
Masson's career, including 
prints, sketches, and four 
important painted works. For 
more information, please call 
(617) 552-8587, or visit the 
McMullen Museum Web site 

8 WINTER 2002 


Student discovers an epilepsy therapy 

A diet that simply cuts back 
on calories may hold an an- 
swer to controlling epilepsy, 
according to research done by 
a Boston College undergradu- 
ate and published in the med- 
ical journal Epilepsia. The 
study is the work of Amanda 
Greene '00, and was begun 
while she was a junior. 

Epilepsy is a chronic disor- 
der marked by disturbances 
in the brain's normal electrical 
functions. These sudden and 
intense bursts of electricity, or 
seizures, affect a person's 
awareness, movement, or sensa- 
tion. About 40 million people 
worldwide have epilepsy. Their 
seizures can be controlled, 
but there is no cure. The most 
common treatment is medi- 
cation that suppresses the 
brain's tendency to produce ex- 
cess electrical discharges. When 
that doesn't work, the involved 
part of the brain may be surgi- 
cally removed. Another option, 
popular to varying degrees 
in this country since the 1920s, 
is the ketogenic diet, which 
consists mainly of fats with very 
little protein or carbohydrates. 
The diet is moderately suc- 
cessful in children, but has un- 
pleasant digestive side effects. 

In 1998, Dr. Mariana 
Todorova, who is director of 
biological labs at BC, was 
researching the effectiveness of 
the ketogenic diet in a breed 
of seizure-prone mice, devel- 
oped for epilepsy studies. 
She was working with biology 
professor Thomas Seyfried, 
who also was looking at diet 

Greene in the BC lab where she made her finding 

therapies in mice on another 
project — exploring the poten- 
tial impact of diet on brain 
cancer. His focus was on the 
effects of calorie reduction. 

When junior Amanda 
Greene appeared at the lab in 
Higgins Hall asking for the 
chance to do some research, 
Todorova and Seyfried decided 
to see whether caloric restric- 
tion would do anything for 
the seizures that define epilepsy. 

"It was a shot in the dark — 
we didn't have a clear idea 
what would happen," Seyfried 
says. "But, we figured, what 
did we have to lose?" 

For a semester, Greene 
shadowed Todorova, learning 
to handle the mice — how to 
pick them up by their tails 

to induce the stress that helps 
activate seizures — and to docu- 
ment data. To hone her under- 
standing of the statistical 
methods required for her proj- 
ect, she turned to Richard 
McGowan, SJ, at the Carroll 
School of Management. In 
her senior year, as a scholar of 
the College, Greene pursued 
the epilepsy experiment as her 
independent project. 

For the experiment, Greene 
fed juvenile mice the same 
nutritious mouse chow that she 
fed to a comparable control 
group, only 15 percent less. 
She also fed two adult groups 
15 percent and 30 percent less 
than their counterparts in an 
adult control group. After pro- 
cessing the numbers, Greene 

found that the reduced-calorie 
diets had cut the incidence of 
seizures in the juvenile and the 
adult mice. 

In the young animals, the 
reduced diet delayed the on- 
set of epilepsy. Moreover, 
Greene's dieting juveniles had 
fewer seizures than did young 
mice elsewhere in the lab 
who were on the ketogenic diet. 

The adult mice benefited 
less, seeming to require larger 
calorie cuts to achieve smaller 
gains. But, since adult mice ob- 
tain no benefit from the keto- 
genic diet, even a modest 
improvement was significant. 

"The data is really striking," 
Seyfried says, and he plans to 
find another student to test the 
idea further. "We think we've 
defined a new therapy with no 
adverse effects." 

Equally significant, Greene 
found out why the diet works, 
and why the ketogenic diet 
also helps prevent seizures. 

The ketogenic diet is named 
for ketones, substances formed 
by the body when it breaks 
down fat. Scientists have long 
known that large amounts of 
ketones in the blood — typically 
present when a person is starv- 
ing and has literally to live off 
fat — are associated with a de- 
crease in seizures. The idea be- 
hind the ketogenic diet is that 
eating large quantities of fat 
produces more ketones and will 
reduce seizure activity. 

Greene noted in her mice 
that a lower-calorie diet pro- 
duced an increase in ketones, 
but also resulted in a decrease 

HOSIOX COM I (.1 UU.A/.lNh: 9 

in the amount of glucose in 
the blood, which, she theo- 
rized, explains why the body 
turned to metabolizing fat, or 
ketone bodies, in the first 
place. The brain usually me- 
tabolizes glucose for energy, 
but when the supply of glucose 
is low, it resorts to metaboliz- 
ing ketone bodies. The energy 
gained is sufficient to meet 
normal needs, Greene hypoth- 
esized, but not powerful 
enough to support seizures. 

"What Mandy found 
was that ketones were a red 

herring, taking attention away 
from the really important 
issue, which was glucose," 
Seyfried says. "The ketones 
are the effect of reducing 
glucose, but glucose is the 
major metabolite regulating 
the seizures. It's a concep- 
tually important study." 

Greene's paper, which 
credits Todorova, McGowan, 
and Seyfried as coauthors, 
appeared in Epilepsia last 
November. According to the 
journal's editor, Timothy A. 
Pedley, publication by an un- 

dergraduate is a rarity. 

Gregory Holmes, a profes- 
sor of neurology at Harvard 
Medical School, describes 
Greene's study as "provoca- 
tive." Says Holmes, "It's a very 
clever idea and a nice model. 
It indicates that some of the 
torturing things we do to kids 
[to treat seizures] may not be 
necessary." Holmes cautions 
that further research will be 
needed to make sure that calo- 
rie cuts won't impair learning, 
but he sees an encouraging 
sign in Greene's findings that 

lab mice on the lower-calorie 
diet appear more alert and ac- 
tive than those getting full feed. 

Greene, now 24, is doing 
neurology research at Boston's 
Children's Hospital as part of a 
team studying periventricular 
leukomalacia, a condition un- 
derlying cerebral palsy in pre- 
mature infants. She's applying 
to medical school and wants to 
be a pediatric neurologist. 

Johanna Seltz 

Johanna Seltz is a writer based in 
Hingham, Massachusetts. 


Philosophy 312: "Nihilism and Popular Culture" — Associate 
Professor Thomas S. Hibbs 

i. Some have argued that the Harry Potter books present evil 

and witchcraft as so attractive and alluring that children may be 

led to the dark side. Assess this thesis. 

2. Nietzsche associated nihilism with the death of God. What 

does he mean by this? How do the films The Exorcist and Seven 

address the issue of the death of God and its connection to 


Honors Program 254: "Senior Seminar: Law, Medicine, and 
Public Policy" — Professor John J. Paris, SJ 

Elizabeth Bartholet, a professor at the Harvard Law School, 
wrote an op-ed piece in the Boston Globe (12/5/01) in which she 
concluded that "Our society will not find easy consensus on sex 
selection, cloning, eugenics, the commercialization of reproduc- 
tion, and many other issues posed by developing technologies." 
She concludes that these issues are "too important to be left 
for resolution by the scientists and other private actors." 

Your firm has been asked to advise President Bush's newly 
established National Commission on Bioethics on what regula- 
tions should be proposed to govern surrogacy, frozen embryos, 
cloning, and new forms of reproduction. 

What standards would you use in your lawmaking? The "best 

interests" standard, which is based on the interests of the 
child? Or would you consider first the plight of the surrogate 
mother, ovum donor, sperm donor, or adoptive parents? 

Be prepared to defend your position in an informed and 
articulate manner. 

Theology 429: "Aspects of Jewish Ethics" — Rabbi Rifat Sonsino 

Briefly discuss two of the following: 

a. The change of Shabbat from Saturday to Sunday. 

b. The limits of responsibility for parents in Jewish tradition. 

c. What "stealing" means in the Bible and rabbinic literature. 

d. Who, according to biblical law, is subject to punishment 
in case of adultery, and how it differs from the other ancient 
Near Eastern law collections. 

History 429: "Shakespeare's England, 1450-1603" — Assistant 
Professor Burke Criggs 

Discuss the 16th-century Reformation and the relative impor- 
tance of the following: Christian Humanism, the king's "Great 
Matter," and popular religious sentiment. Would you agree that 
the Reformation was slow and that popular sentiment followed 
governmental statute, or do you find another interpretation 
more convincing? In other words, when did the Reformation 
begin in England, and when did it end? 

10 WINTER 2002 


It's not what you know; it's how you know it 



History 351: "Information 



Associate Professor James M. 



Orality and Literacy: The 
Technologizing of the Word; 
From Memory to Written 
Record: England 1066-1207; 
The Measure of Reality: 
Quantification and Western 
Society; A History of Modern 
Computing; Knowledge Is 
Power: The Diffusion of Infor- 
mation in Early America, 
1700-1865; The File: A 
Personal History 

One day last fall, history pro- 
fessor James O'Toole entered 
Carney Hall 330 lugging a pile 
of old, discarded books he'd 
collected. "Here," he said, 
handing one to each of the 14 
students in his "Information 
Revolutions" class. "You've all 
dissected frogs. Now take 
these home and dissect them." 

"You mean take the covers 
off?" one student asked, in- 

Not just that. O'Toole told 
them to pull the books apart, 
observe how they were glued 
or stitched together and how 
the pages were divided into 
signatures. He wanted them to 
understand the mechanics of 
book construction. 

O'Toole: "We have erased the memory of what a world without writing is like. 

"They did a pretty good 
job, too," he said, laughing at 
how, once the students over- 
came their reluctance to de- 
stroy the books, they really got 
into the assignment. "One put 
his book in the microwave." 

There was, of course, more 
to the lesson than physical ob- 
servation. He asked the stu- 
dents to think, "How does the 
form of a book affect the infor- 
mation it conveys? Is it easy to 
read? Does it fall apart?" By 
way of elaboration, he brought 
to class a scroll he'd made by 
gluing together typed printouts 
(from a book he's writing) and 
securing both ends of the long, 
unruly document with wooden 
dowels. He demonstrated how 

time-consuming and awkward 
it was with this format to flip 
back and forth to an index. 
"The ease, speed, and com- 
pleteness with which you ab- 
sorb information will be 
slower," he told the students. 
Another day, he escorted the 
class to a meeting with 
conservator Mark Esser at the 
Burns Library. Esser explained 
how ancient and medieval texts 
were assembled by hand, mak- 
ing them costly and thus avail- 
able only to the affluent few. 
For Dean Somes, a senior 
history major from Texas, that 
exercise caused a shift in his 
perception of how information 
has passed through history: 
"It's kind of eye-opening — 

where books come from, why 
they're written, their purpose." 
Equally illuminating, he says, 
was a project in which O'Toole 
asked students to "read" pho- 
tographs. "The assignment 
was to study pictures and how 
they verbalize ideas, as in 
'a picture is worth a thousand 
words.' I'd heard the phrase, 
of course, but I'd never pon- 
dered it before." 

O'Toole is an historian and 
archivist who has long been 
interested in what information 
is and how it travels in society. 
This is the first time he's 
taught "Information Revolu- 
tions" at Boston College, and 
he expects to offer it every 
other year. He devised the 
course as a challenge to the 
commonly held notion that 
the world is in the midst of an 
unprecedented information 
revolution. "In fact," he writes 
in his course description, 
"this 'unprecedented' revolu- 
tion has many precedents." 
His class examines the more 
notable ones: the revolutions 
from orality to literacy and 
from manuscript literacy to 
printing; the rise of numeracy; 
the advance of technologies 
for recording spatial and visual 
information, beginning with 
maps in the Middle Ages, on 
through photography in the 
19th century; and the develop- 
ment of recorded and repro- 
ducible sound. 

A mild-mannered man with 
wavy, graying hair and a gift 
for lively discussion — one 
sophomore says the discourse 


Randy Thomas 


Randy Thomas, program director 
of BC's cross country and track- 
and-field teams, has been named 
women's cross country National 
Coach of the Year by the United 
States Track Association. Thomas 
led the Eagles to a sixth-place 
finish at the 2001 NCAA champion- 
ship meet, an NCAA District I 
championship, and second place 
at the Big East title meet. In his 
14 years at the University, Thomas 
has coached 27 All-Americans; 
women's cross country has com- 
peted in five of the last seven 
NCAA championships. 


Several highly competitive research 
grants were awarded to graduate 
students in BC's Chemistry Depart- 
ment over the past year. Postdoctor- 
al fellows George Greco and 
Richard Cesati received National 
Service Research Awards from the 
National Institutes of Health; grad- 
uate student David Guertin won an 
organic chemistry fellowship from 
the American Chemical Society; 
graduate student Gabriel Weather- 
head was named one of 10 research 
fellows at Bristol-Myers Squibb's 
pharmaceutical research lab; and 
fifth-year student Courtney Luchaco- 
Cullis won the inaugural Schering- 
Plough Research Fellowship in 
Synthetic Organic Chemistry. 

in History 351 is so "refresh- 
ing" that the 7 5 -minute class 
flies by faster than some 50- 
minute classes — O'Toole also 
has a talent for showing his 
students the relevance of their 
studies. For a paper on infor- 
mation in personal life, stu- 
dents had to record and ana- 
lyze all the information they 
encountered during a 24-hour 
period. "It made you think 
about what kinds of interac- 
tions you have in a day," says 
Thomas Cavanagh '04, who 
scribbled two pages of notes 
that included everything from 
the wake-up chatter on his 
radio alarm to his e-mail corre- 
spondence. "I got the paper 
back, and Professor O'Toole 
asked me about conversations 
among my friends. I hadn't 
thought of that. The big sur- 
prise was word of mouth." 

O'TOOLE'S LARGER point is 
how society has changed over 
time in response to the shift 
from information scarcity to 
information abundance. "In an 
oral world, where writing is 
new and not many people can 
do it, and printing is expensive 
and elite, the value of any par- 
ticular piece of information is 
that much greater," he says. 
"In a world of information 
abundance, redundancy and 
repetition are everywhere. The 
value of each piece is smaller, 
and our reaction is different. 
It's a wheat and chaff problem. 
We have to screen out the 
information we don't want or 
need so we can focus on what 
we do want and need. This 
process has an impact on 
human consciousness." 

He recalls Socrates' fear 
that writing would foster for- 
getfulness. "Writing pushes 
oral stuff out of our minds. 

We think of it as natural. We 
have erased the memory of 
what a world without writing 
is like," O'Toole says. "With 
literacy, we get the ability to 
store information outside the 
brain. The brain works differ- 
ently now, because it can." 

HOW WE PROCESS informa- 
tion is the topic under discus- 
sion one late-November 
afternoon. "Think back to 
September 11," O'Toole says. 
"Where were you? What was 
the situation under which you 
learned about the events?" 

"An immediate swarm of 
information came at me," 
replies a student who awak- 
ened around 1 1 a.m. that day, 
about two hours after hijacked 
planes hit the World Trade 
Center towers. "The minute I 
opened my eyes, a swarm — 
TV, radio, word of mouth." 

O'Toole asks the students to 
reflect on how their reactions 
might compare with those of 
people living between 1 700 and 
1865, the years covered in one 
of their textbooks, Richard D. 
Brown's Knowledge Is Power: 
The Diffusion of Information in 
Early America (1989). In the 
book, Brown records the time 
it took for news to travel. Word 
of the Battle of Lexington and 
Concord, for example, which 
began at dawn on April 19, 
1775, reached Boston by the 
end of the day; New York City 
by the 23 rd; Pennsylvania by 
the 24th; Williamsburg by the 
29th; and Charleston by May 9. 
By contrast, in 1865, when 
Abraham Lincoln died at seven 
o'clock on a Saturday morning, 
the telegraph ensured that 
most of the country knew of 
his assassination by noon. From 
a political perspective alone, 
O'Toole says, this compression 

of information flow had an 
impact on public life and the 
United States' sense of itself 
as a nation. 

For all the technological 
advances in the ensuing 136 
years, O'Toole notes, the time 
period for news delivery has 
narrowed relatively little since 
Lincoln's day. What have 
changed are the media and the 
packaging of information, and 
the degree of repetition. Tele- 
vision visuals, in particular, 
have given information a new 
immediacy and have intensi- 
fied its emotional impact. 

AND WHAT, O'Toole wonders 
aloud, are other ramifications 
of speed and technological 
progress — what is the impact 
on privacy and personal infor- 
mation, for instance? For the 
next class, he asks students to 
come prepared with lists of 
public and private entities that 
keep tabs on their activities. 

The students devour the 
topic on the following Thurs- 
day. Their personal anecdotes 
of intrusions and information 
abuses fly, and the blackboard 
fills with a long list of who's 
watching. Internet entrepre- 
neurs, with their "cookies" 
that help identify, say, an on- 
line music purchaser's tastes, 
are cited. "There's no way to 
unsubscribe or get your priva- 
cy back," one victim wails. 

Boston College identifica- 
tion cards, used to buy meals 
and perform a host of other 
functions, can become logs of 
students' whereabouts and 
spending habits. "I could tell 
when the kids lied about cur- 
few," says a resident advisor 
who supervised high schoolers 
on campus one summer. He 
could do so by checking what 
time they swiped their ID 

12 WINTER 2002 

cards through the residence 
hall's electronic lock. 

A senior recounts the diffi- 
culty of restoring his good 
name after a credit bureau 
mistakenly switched the last 
two digits of his Social Securi- 
ty number with that of a less 
creditworthy person's. Somes, 
the student from Texas, tells 
his classmates how police once 
ordered him and a friend from 
their car at gunpoint. The 
young men were searched and 
detained for nearly three hours 
over what turned out to be 
a police foul-up of the license 
plate number. 

The students forge on, 
hands popping up all over the 
room. They cite birth, med- 

ical, and property records, the 
census, political party affil- 
iations, driver's licenses, rental 
car companies, genetic pro- 
filing, even grocery stores 
with their offering of coupons 
tailored to individual cus- 
tomer's buying habits, as con- 
duits of personal information. 
A junior who clerks at a video 
shop says a mouseclick of 
the computer tells him not 
only each customer's address 
and phone number but also 
the titles of all the movies he 
or she has rented. 

The classroom discussion 
is now in a race with the clock. 
The time approaches 2:45 p.m., 
the period's end. The professor 
notes that Judge Robert H. 

Bork faced that very video sit- 
uation during his contentious 
and unsuccessful candidacy for 
the Supreme Court in 1987, 
when a reporter acquired the 
Bork family's movie rental 
records. "The movies turned 
out to be Fred Astaire and 
Ginger Rogers classics. But. . ." 
O'Toole says, his voice trailing 
off. He lets this nugget of in- 
formation hover a moment, 
his unspoken "what if dan- 
gling provocatively in the air. 
Vicki Sanders 

Vicki Sanders is the editor of 
Boston College Law Magazine. 
She wrote about BCs Small 
Business Development Center in 
BCMIf Slimmer 2001 issue. 





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Adapted from The Private Roots of Public Action: Gender, Equality, and Political Participation (Harvard, 2001) 

In the so-called Mommy Wars played out between 
mothers in the workforce and mothers at home, a 
key flash point has centered on volunteerism: 
Stay-at-home mothers complain that they have 
been stuck with carrying more than their fair 
share of community and charity work. 

In her latest data-packed book, The Private Roots 
of Public Action: Gender, Equality, and Political 
Participation, written with Harvard University's 

Sidney Verba and the University of Michigan's 
Nancy Burns, Boston College political science pro- 
fessor Kay Schlozman uncovers the surprising 
truth. In most volunteer settings, working moth- 
ers of all types are better represented than non- 
working mothers. The one exception: local school 
and other youth-related activities. There, college- 
educated, married, working mothers are slightly 
less visible than their stay-at-home peers. 


Jonathan Castillo '02 has been 
awarded the 2001-02 Boston Col- 
lege Staff Scholarship. Funded 
by voluntary payroll deductions from 
University employees, the scholar- 
ship provides tuition assistance pri- 
marily to students from Boston's 
inner city neighborhoods. Castillo, a 
psychology major who grew up in 
Dorchester, has been involved in nu- 
merous community activities while 
at BC, including service last summer 
with the Ignacio Volunteers in his 
native Dominican Republic. 


With the hiring of two new faculty 
members, it will be possible to in- 
crease enrollment in the PULSE 
Program at Boston College by ap- 
proximately 100 students next year. 
"The short answer to why we're 
doing this is that student demand 
has been outstripping supply for 
quite a while," said program direc- 
tor David McMenamin. PULSE, 
which helps undergraduates com- 
bine service work with studies in 
the humanities, currently involves 
some 300 students and 11 faculty 
members from the philosophy and 
theology departments. 


Crossroads, an independent student 
newspaper published at Boston 
College, received the Ex Corde 
Ecclesiae award for outstanding 
contributions to Catholic culture 
from the Cardinal Newman Society 
in Washington, D.C., on November 
10. The newspaper, founded in 
2000, favors coverage of campus 
lectures and intellectual debate on a 
wide range of topics. "We're trying 
to make it as genuinely Catholic — 
and nonpolitical — as possible," said 
editor Gary Cabor '02. Noting that 
the paper publishes articles by stu- 
dents of all faiths, Gabor added, 
"We're generally interested in open- 
ing a dialogue to all." 

BOSTON COM I ■(,■! \1\(,\/INK 13 

The letter to Jackie 


The upsurge of unembarrassed 
American patriotism in the wake of 
the terrorist attacks on New York 
and Washington inevitably recalls 
simpler times when almost all 
Americans confidently viewed their 
country as the sole beacon of free- 
dom and justice in a hostile, be- 
nighted world. 

Last spring, the Boston College 
library acquired a quintessential ex- 
pression of old-fashioned American 
patriotism — the "Jackie Letter," the 
gift: of longtime BC classics profes- 
sor Jack Shea. It was written to five- 
year-old Jack in 1942 by his father, 
Lt. Commander John J. Shea '18, 
while he served in the Pacific on the 
aircraft carrier Wasp, just weeks be- 
fore he died trying to save his men 
during a Japanese torpedo attack. 

Commander Shea's letter, full of 
longing for his wife and son and 
forebodings of his coming death, 
was also a lyrical expression of the 
best of American values — freedom 
and opportunity, honor and duty, 
loyalty to country and family. Shea's 

sisters, Boston public school teachers, read it to their grade 
school classes, and as word began to spread, the school system 
printed the letter as a pamphlet that every child brought 
home. The letter became something of a national sensation 
when it was featured in the Boston Globe and reprinted in Life, 
Look, Time, and many other publications. 

For students of American Catholicism, however, the 
"Jackie Letter" is even more striking as an illustration of the 
mid-century convergence of Catholic values and the Amer- 
ican Zeitgeist. No one blinked at Shea's flat statement: "Be a 
good Catholic and you can't help being a good American." 

Indeed, the mass media's equation of American values and 
Catholic values in the 1940s and 1950s was often so blatant as 
to embarrass thoughtful Catholics. If movies were to be be- 
lieved, all battlefield chaplains were Pat O'Brien-style priests, 
the "superpadre" later civilianized by Bing Crosby in Going 
My Way (1944) and Bells of St. Mary's (1945). "Our Lady of 

Above: In 1946, the airfield at Squantum Naval Air Station was renamed for Lt. Commander John J. Shea '18. 
His son, Jackie, laid the wreath. Opposite: Professor John R. Shea with the celebrated letter from his father 

Fatima" was actually a hit record in the years immediately fol- 
lowing the war, with at least a dozen versions by, among oth- 
ers, Red Foley, Kittie Kallen, Andy Williams, and the Ray 
Charles Singers. Bishop Fulton Sheen's television ratings in 
the early 1950s swamped the erstwhile champ, Milton Berle's 
Texaco Comedy Hour. Francis Cardinal Spellman even had a 
novel, The Foundling, on the best-seller list in 1951. 

Catholics dominated the labor movement, especially in 
the big industrial unions like the United Automobile Work- 
ers. Labor priests were fixtures at union meetings, and many 
scholars credit Catholic influence for the absence of a pow- 
erful homegrown Socialist-Labor movement. Indeed, the 
Catholic labor movement positioned itself against Commu- 
nist influence and was a key factor in swinging unions behind 
the Marshall Plan when postwar Europe was on the brink. 

Protestants, understandably, viewed the burgeoning 
Catholic influence with undisguised alarm. An eight-part 

U WINTER 2002 

1944-45 series in the Christian Century, a leading main- 
stream Protestant journal, asked, "Can Catholicism Win 
America?" and answered, "Yes." Martin Marty, the well- 
known University of Chicago historian and Protestant min- 
ister, lamented the media's habit of referring to "our" 
Cardinal and "our" Pope, and noted that the funeral of 
Chicago's Samuel Cardinal Stritch in 1958 had drawn "more 
Chicago newspaper lineage" than any politician's in memory. 

To be sure, the cultural dominance of American Catholi- 
cism in mid-century was never as broad or as deep as it ap- 
peared to contemporary observers. The media and industrial 
centers of 1950s America were the big Northeastern and 
Midwestern cities, all of which were Catholic strongholds. 
Just as the secularist assumptions of today's television and 
print journalists do not reflect the religiosity of Middle Amer- 
ica, 1950s journalists, who were used to treating bishops as 
powerful political dignitaries, didn't understand the deep 
anti-Catholic suspicions that still lingered in the hinterlands, 
as John Kennedy discovered during his 1960 campaign. 

But even stripping away the exaggerations, the vast cul- 
tural power of the American Church in the 1940s and 1950s 
was extraordinary, the more so when one considers that, just 
a half-century before, the Church was regarded with almost 
uniform suspicion and hostility — virtually as an agent of a 
foreign power. 

The signal cultural success of American Catholicism, in 
fact, was the consequence of specific policy decisions that 
were bitterly fought out in the 1880s and 1890s between the 
"Romanists" and "Americanists" in the U.S. Church hierar- 
chy. "Americanists" were willing to bet that the Church 
would thrive under American-style religious freedom; some 
Americanist bishops even doubted the wisdom of parochial 
schools. The "Romanists" deeply distrusted republican 
forms of government, preferring strong rulers with a firm 
hand on religious practice. 

THE STRUGGLE petered out in mutual exhaustion. The 
Romanists helped engineer a papal condemnation of "Amer- 
icanism" as doctrinally unsound. But Baltimore's James Car- 
dinal Gibbons won a signal victory for the Americanist wing 
when he convinced the Vatican not to condemn the Ameri- 
can Knights of Labor, a broad-based movement of industri- 
al workers that was a forerunner of modern ClO-style 
industrial unionism. 

The grand compromise that emerged from the years of 
ideological struggle was a Church that was in America, decid- 
edly for America and its founding principles, including reli- 
gious liberty, but most emphatically not of America, or at least 
the America of slippery attachments and unrooted values that 
was already emerging by the turn of the last century. At one 
and the same time, the Church managed to be among the 
most patriotic of American institutions and the most sepa- 

Written June 29, 1942, by Lt. Commander John J. Shea, 
USN, aboard the USS Wasp: 

Dear Jackie, 

This is the first letter I have ever written directly to my 
little son and I am thrilled to know that you can read it all 
by yourself. If you miss some of the words, I'm sure it 
will be because I do not write very plainly 

When you are a little bigger you will know why your 
daddy is not home so much any more. You know we have 
a big country and we have ideals as to how people 
should live and enjoy the riches of it and how each is 
born with equal rights to life, freedom, and the pursuit of 
happiness. Unfortunately, there are some countries in the 
world where they don't have these ideals, where a boy 
cannot grow up to be what he wants to be with no limits 
on his opportunities to be a great man, such as a great 
priest, statesman, doctor, soldier, businessman 

Take good care of Mother. . . . Study hard when you 
go to school. Be a leader in everything good in life. Be a 
good Catholic, and you can't help being a good 

Last of all, don't ever forget your daddy. Pray for him to 
come back and if it is God's will that he does not, be the 
kind of a boy and man your daddy wants you to be. . . . 

With all my love and devotion for Mother and you, 

Your daddy 

On September 75, 7942, three Japanese torpedoes struck the 
carrier USS Wasp as it sailed toward Guadalcanal. Com- 
mander Shea was seen running into the flames to rescue 
shipmates. He was among 793 officers and crew lost. 


ratist of American religions, with its own parallel infrastruc- 
ture — schools, hospitals, summer camps, mental institutions. 

The compromise worked because of Gibbons's great in- 
sight that a successful American Church had to be rooted in 
the working classes. The great gulf between the common 
man and aristocratic churchmen that was the norm in much 
of Europe and Latin America never existed in the United 
States. The worker pogroms against priests and nuns that 
occurred in Republican Spain, and which were a real danger 
in postwar Italy, would have been inconceivable here. 

The apogee, the golden moment, of the grand American 

Catholic compromise can be pinpointed to a narrow couple 
of decades in mid-century. And John J. Shea, brought up 
within the warm wrap of Catholic neighborhoods, Catholic 
schools, and Catholic colleges, husband and father, Ameri- 
can patriot and Catholic believer to the bone, is representa- 
tive of its great achievement. 

Charles R. Morris 

Charles R. Monis is the author of American Catholic (1997). 
His essay a Cross Purposes," on pluralistic democracy and the 
Catholic Church, appeared in the Spring 1998 issue of BCM. 


By Paul Mariani 

How it steals up on you, this mortality, 
dropping its calling card, say, after the flight 
back from your friend's wedding, six kinds of wine 
on a stone veranda overlooking the starlit sea 

while migrants labor in the fields beneath. 
One morning you bend down to lace 
your sneakers and find your leg stiff as a base- 
ball bat. How many times you told yourself Death 

wouldn't catch you unaware, the way, alas, 
it did so many of your friends. That you'd hie 
yourself off to the hospital at the first sign 
of trouble. And then, when it should happen, as 

it has, you go into denial once again, while your 
poor leg whimpers for attention, until at last you get 
the doctor, who finds a fourteen-inch blood clot 
silting up your veins there on the sonar. 

Mortality's the sticking thinners twice 
each day into your stomach, until the skin screams 
a preternatural black and blue. Mortality's 
swallowing the stuff they use to hemorrhage mice. 

It's botched blood tests for months on end. 
Admit it, what's more boring than listening to 
another's troubles, except thumbing through 
postcards of others on vacation. Friendly Finland, 

Warsaw in July. Mortality's my leg, her arm, your heart. 
Besides, who gives a damn about the plight of others 
except the saints and God? But isn't death the mother 
of us all? Shouldn't death mean caring, the moving out 
at last beyond the narrow self? But who has 
time for that? Six wines on a stone veranda, 
stars, a summer moon high over Santa Monica, 
cigars from verboten old Havana, live jazz. 

That's what one wants. That, and not some blood 
clot clogging up one's veins. No poet will ever 
touch again what Dante somehow touched there 
at the Paradiso's end. It was there he had St. Bernard 

beseech his Lady to look upon him that she might 
grant him light and understanding, which he might 
share in turn with others. Lady, cast thine eyes, 
I pray thee, down towards me. I cannot take much height, 

though God knows I've tried. Six wines, two cigars, 
a summer moon over the veranda, where I kept tilting 
outwards, my veins absorbing even then the gravitas of silting 
while Love was busy moving the sun and other stars. 

Paul Mariani teaches poetry in the English Department at 
Boston College. His essay "Inside Story, " on why poetry is 
true, appeared in the Spring 2000 issue of BCM. Viking will 
publish his spiritual memoir, Thirty Days: On Retreat 
with the Exercises of St. Ignatius, in March. 

16 WINTER 2002 


Alumni in the know grade Fox TV's Boston Public 

"I would never sit through this 
whole program unless we were 
analyzing it," says Robert 
Belle 76. Belle is a robust man 
whose mere presence exudes 
authority. He is headmaster 
of Dorchester High School in 
Boston's inner city, a school 
of 935 students. 

Oscar Santos '94 teaches 
"Global Issues" and "English 
Literature and Composition" 
at Jamaica Plain's English 
High School, also in Boston, 
and he concurs. "Usually, if 
I'm watching the show, there's 
something so ridiculous I end 
up shutting it off." 

Belle and Sanchez are 
among a group of high school 
teachers and administrators, all 
BC graduates, invited to Boston 
College Magazine's office after 
hours to watch television — 
specifically, to critique an 
episode of Fox's Boston Public. 

The program is set in fic- 
tional Winslow High, an urban 
high school on the edge of 
Boston. It has been popular 
with viewers and critics alike 
since it first aired in October 
2000. But when our Boston 
public school educators watch 
a videotaped episode, they 
act a little like high school stu- 
dents sitting in detention. 
They groan occasionally. They 
grouse. Eyeballs intermittently 
roll in pained displays of in- 
credulity. One set of eyelids 
even droops conspicuously and 
remains shut for a few minutes. 

Such responses may be an 
oblique way of saying that this 
Monday-night, prime-time 

A scene from the real Boston Public: From left, Dorchester High School guidance counselor Giannina Sanchez '96 
MA' 00; headmaster Robert Belle '76; special needs teacher Maribel Pomales-Bunch '84; and career counselor Joan 
Dolan '61, in Pomales-Bunch's classroom. Oscar Santos '94 also participated in BCM's private screening. 

drama does an injustice to 
the Boston public schools, de- 
spite the network's claim that 
the subplots are rooted in 
truth. They may also hint that 
the program no more credits 
the professional life of a public 
school educator than the cul- 
turally outmoded 1970s show 
Welcome Back, Kotter did. Then 
again, they might simply speak 
to the absurdity of this partic- 
ular segment's plot. 

In the Boston Public episode 
viewed by the faculty members, 
the sixth installment of the sec- 

ond season, the police storm 
into a classroom and arrest 
a troubled student for statutory 
rape. A school secretary still has 
her job after posing as a student 
and publishing a sexually expli- 
cit advice column in the school 
paper. And a pupil suffers a 
seizure during an ampheta- 
mine-fueled rave that takes 
place in the school's hallway. 

"Now, what's it called?" 
Joan Dolan '61, a career coun- 
selor at Dorchester High, asks 
when the onscreen teenagers 
start bouncing to techno 

music. "Rave, like R-A-V-E?" 
Judging from Dolan's inquiry, 
it's safe to assume raves don't 
happen in the corridors of 
Dorchester High School. 

In the view of these educa- 
tors, Boston Public's credibility 
is completely lost when the 
program closes with a funeral 
for a teacher's amputated hand. 

"See, this student, his 
mother locked him in the 
basement for punishment," in- 
forms Dolan, who has seen 
enough episodes of Boston Pub- 
lic to provide context. "Then 

BOSTON (.Ol I I ■(.!■ \1.U;\/INE 17 

Mary Walsh 


Professor Mary Walsh of the Lynch 
School of Education has been 
cited as an "Unsung Hero" by the 
Allston-Brighton Healthy Boston 
Coalition, which supports access 
to health care and educational en- 
richment in nearby low-income 
neighborhoods. Walsh has been at 
the forefront of several University- 
community collaborations, includ- 
ing the Gardner Extended Services 
School in Allston, which offers 
year-round classes and social pro- 
grams supported, in part, by a Uni- 
versity grant. Also recognized was 
LSOE graduate Greg Kiley '01, hon- 
ored for three years of tutoring 
and fund-raising at Allston's Jack- 
son Mann Community Center. 


Boston College has been recog- 
nized as a leader in wireless tech- 
nology. ComputerworldROI, a 
supplement to the influential tech- 
nology magazine Computerworld, 
placed BC alongside Fidelity Invest- 
ments, Ford Motor Company, 
and NASA's Goddard Space Flight 
Center in its 2001 rankings of the 
top 25 wireless innovators. The 
magazine pointed to the success 
of BC's local access network, which 
allows students, staff, and faculty 
to use the Internet and University 
servers from virtually anywhere on 
campus, including outdoors. 

the boy went and locked the 
mom down there, and she ac- 
cidentally cut her hand off 
with a chain saw trying to es- 
cape. So now, she has a hook 
and teaches at his school." 

Maribel Pomales-Bunch 
'84, a bilingual special needs 
teacher who also works at 
Dorchester High, erupts. 
"How can anybody believe this 
is real?" Lopped-off extremi- 
ties aside, Dolan insists that 
some acquaintances do take 
the program seriously — 
enough to ask her, "Is that re- 
ally what goes on?" 

Pomales-Bunch is visibly 
appalled. "I don't know why 
they'd think so. We haven't had 
a lot of big issues. What hap- 
pened today" — "What hap- 
pened today?" interrupts 
Giannina Sanchez '96, MA'OO, 
a bilingual guidance counselor, 
also at Dorchester High. Dolan 
answers, "A teacher got killed 
in Springfield [Massachusetts]. 
He got stabbed to death." 

The attacker, according to 
headmaster Belle, was a 17- 
year-old male. "It happened in 
school, in the building. The 
governor was just on TV" The 
killing was the first ever of a 
public school staff person in 
Massachusetts, and it brings 
this discussion of an hour's out- 
landish entertainment to an 
unfortunate, but relevant truth: 
Sensationalist television fare 
poaches on some staggering re- 
alities. The national reputation 
of public schools has suffered 
in the wake of student shoot- 
ings at Columbine High School 
in Littleton, Colorado, and 
elsewhere. Locally, this past 
November, a high school stu- 
dent in New Bedford, Massa- 
chusetts, confessed her 
involvement in a Columbine- 
inspired conspiracy to kill stu- 

dents and faculty. Belle agrees 
that the majority of Boston Pub- 
lic is "overdramatization." But 
the reality of the urban public 
high school, he says, is "no 
picnic" for students or teachers. 

"There are a lot of things 
we deal with at the school that 
remind my co-workers of an 
episode of Boston Public," Belle 
says. "If you saw me handling 
a kid, sometimes it is some- 
thing that should be on TV. 
I'm not choking the kid, I'm 
not punching him out, but 
I'm thinking on my feet to 
turn the situation around, so 
I can handle it. Sometimes 
I have to say, 'Boy, if you don't 
get over here and sit down, 
I'm gonna smack you upside 
your head.' My methods might 
be considered unsavory in 
other places, but it gets the job 
done in Dorchester." 

Kathy Baker, from Boston Public 

Belle speaks from the per- 
spective of someone whom 
the New York Times called for 
comment on the day of the 
Columbine massacre. "Some- 
times," he continues, "admin- 
istrators go home and people 
ask, 'How was your day 
today?' You'll say, 'Those kids. 
We had five fire alarms, two 
fights, a fire, and some kid had 
a knife.' And when people 

who've been out of schools for 
a long time hear that, they 
think it's always like that." 

Joan Dolan takes up the 
point. Boston Public "picks the 
sensational parts of educa- 
tion," she says. "I take pride in 
my profession, and this show 
offends me." What bothers 
Dolan most about the show is 
its depiction of instructors. 
"They portray teachers toler- 
ating things that we really 
would not tolerate. They 
highlight teachers having sex 
with kids, teachers not follow- 
ing the law. In one episode, 
a staff person actually takes a 
gun out and shoots it in class." 

Oscar Santos says that 
Boston Public favors spectacular 
conflicts over the more preva- 
lent problems facing urban 
schools. "Boston Public ignores 
the constant day-to-day strug- 
gles: kids getting 800 on their 
SATs because they can't take 
a Kaplan course, colleges over- 
looking inner city students, 
the fact that the majority of 
our school children are 
second-language learners, that 
parents are working 80 hours 
a week." Santos once asked 
pupils in his classroom to cri- 
tique the show, and their 
response didn't surprise him: 
They "weren't feeling" Boston 
Public, he says — they didn't 
identify with it. "I would say 
about 50 percent of our school 
is African -American, and 3 5 
percent is Latino," says San- 
tos, and the student body 
limned by Boston Public slights 
both these groups. "They 
didn't like it mostly because it 
doesn't represent what Boston 
public schools are." 

Camille Dodero '98 

Camille Dodero is a freelance 
writer based in Boston. 

18 WINTER 2002 


A national champ looks to repeat (virtually) 

When Dan Brent '04, a stu- 
dent in the Carroll School of 
Management, won the Ya- 
hoops college basketball con- 
test last March, he had nothing 
to show for it — despite besting 
110,000 fellow players in the 
nationwide game run by "They didn't even 
send an e-mail saying congrat- 
ulations. I was kind of hoping 
for something, but what can 
you do?" he said. 

Contestants in Yahoops 
have one assignment: to pre- 
dict the seven biggest winners 
each week of the NCAA bas- 
ketball season. The more 
points a chosen team wins by, 
the more points the Yahoops 
contestant earns. Whoever has 
the most points at the end of 
the regular season is the Ya- 
hoops champ. 

That may seem like a simple 
proposition, but as Brent ex- 
plained, Yahoops has its nu- 
ances. Contestants, for 
example, have to "buy" their 
teams, using a weekly allotment 
of 100 units. The higher a team 
is ranked in the NCAA, the 
more it costs, so it's impossible 
to choose only heavy hitters. 
(Brent points out that it's not 
always smart to go with the big 
names, anyway: The best teams 
tend to play one another a lot, 
and the point spreads in such 
matchups are usually small.) 

Most teams play only two 
games per week, but occasion- 
ally a team will play three — 
and thus become a potential 
dark horse winner, since all 
victory points are combined at 

Brent: "They didn't even send an e-mail. ,: 

the end of the week. Brent 
delves into schedules, team his- 
tories, and the files of obscure 
athletic conferences, looking 
for any such edge. His analysis 
also includes intangibles: 
"Home games are big, so a 
team playing two home games 
against lower conference teams 
is a good bet," he confides. 

The air is thin at the top of 
the Yahoops hierarchy. Brent 
thinks only 50 or so of the 
1 10,000 participants put in a 
serious effort. "A lot of people 
just say, oh, I'm going to pick 
Duke, North Carolina. If you 
look at the top 50, everyone's 
picking these weird teams that 
you've probably never heard 
of." Last year, Brent found 
himself locked in a fight-to- 
the-finish with just one other 
competitor; the rest had fallen 
hopelessly behind on points. 
He won, eventually, by 80 

points, the equivalent of a sin- 
gle blowout NCAA game. 

Brent doesn't know the true 
identity of everyone he squares 
off against. Last year's runner- 
up identified himself only as 
Oldheads, an alias. "I was 
going to send him an e-mail or 
something, but I never got 
around to it," says Brent, who 
also remained anonymous on- 
line, going by the mysterious 
acronym TOOS. 

Brent would like to repeat 
as champion, and so far this 
winter things are looking 
good. It's not that he's the top 
performer every week — he has 
never been higher than 1 1th in 
any given seven-day period — 
but he's consistent. "That's 
what really counts, to be in the 
top 200 every week," he says. 
"Once you're in there, you've 
just got to play level all year." 
Tim Heffeman 


BC's dining services staff voted 
overwhelmingly to cancel their an- 
nual holiday party this year, and in- 
stead sent some $5,000 to the 
families of restaurant workers killed 
in the September 11 attacks on the 
World Trade Center. "These families 
now may not have a father or moth- 
er. We know how hard this work is, 
and those people need the money 
more," said Claudia Trilleras, a 
cashier. Added Bill Coakley, a baker, 
"The contentment of what we've 
done outweighs a dinner party." 


Boston College has joined the In- 
ternet2 consortium, a group of uni- 
versities and corporations working 
to extend the capabilities of the 
existing Internet. By purchasing 
large amounts of bandwidth — a 
measure of the data-transfer capac- 
ity of Internet service lines — the In- 
ternet2 members have achieved 
data-transfer speeds up to 100 
times greater than those normally 
available. With this advance it now 
becomes practical to carry out 
data-intensive research on-line. 


The BC football team ended its sea- 
son ranked in the Top 25 for the 
first time since 1994. The Eagles 
placed 21st in the AP poll and 23rd 
on the ESPN-USA Today list. 


• John J. L. Collins, SJ, professor of 
finance from 1948 to 1966, founder 
of the Finance Department in 1949, 
and an advisor to finance students 
in the 1980s and 1990s, on Decem- 
ber 28, at age 90. 

• Joseph R. Fahey, SJ, a University 
trustee from 1972 to 1979 and from 
1981 to 1982, and academic vice 
president during the 1980s, on Jan- 
uary 16, at age 65. 

• Katherine Holly Riley, Law'02, on 
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on the evening of November 27, 2001, more than 1,100 students, 
faculty, and interested members of the Greater Boston community 
streamed into the cavernous John Hancock Hall in Boston's Back 
Bay for a public conversation on a topic that had gained urgency 
during the preceding months: Evil. The occasion was the second 
annual dialogue on "Belief and Non-belief in Modern American 
Culture," sponsored by Boston College and the Atlantic Monthly. 

The formal topic was "Evil: The Artist's Re- 
sponse," and speaking were three of America's lit- 
erary lights: the novelist and essayist Joyce Carol 
Oates; the poet and chronicler of 
monasteries and small towns Kath- 
leen Norris; and the short-story 
writer Nathan Englander. Journalist 
Christopher Lydon moderated. 

The Boston College/Atlantic 
Monthly series takes its inspiration 
from a celebrated annual public event 
sponsored in Milan by the archbish- 
op, Carlo Maria Cardinal Martini — 
an event known as "The Chair 
for the Non-Believer." It is Martini's 


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contention that "there is in each of us — whatever 
our religion; even in a bishop — a believer and a 
non-believer." Over the years, Martini has invited 
to his cathedral philosophers, psychi- 
atrists, politicians, and poets to talk 
about their work, as viewed through 
the prisms of belief and non-belief. 

In Boston a year ago, the discus- 
sion was of medicine and of the 
meaning that doctors may derive as 
witnesses of suffering and healing 
(BCM, Winter 2001). 

Excerpts from the latest Dialogue 
installment, on evil and the way artists 
respond, begin on the next page. 


Native EVIL 

KATHLEEN NORRIS: My turn to prose writing 
was occasioned by evil. I began writing my book 
Dakota in response to what I saw happening around 
me in western South Dakota in the early 1980s 
when what is now termed the "farm crisis" first hit. 
Before then, I had been exclusively a poet. 

In an insular culture that looked remarkably ho- 
mogenous — mostly white, Christian, and working 
class — I witnessed divisions erupt among people 
whose families had been close for generations; I saw 
the scapegoating of people deemed to be outsiders, 
professionals such as teachers and pastors, or even a 
ranch family that wasn't "from around here," mean- 
ing that its members were first-generation residents, 
having moved into the area only 30 years ago. We 
needed someone to blame for the unwelcome 
changes wrought by the economic crisis, and "out- 
siders" were convenient targets for the pent-up ani- 
mosity we did not dare let loose on one another. 
Sadly, it was young people — couples in their thir- 
ties — who most ardently pursued the "undesirables" 
in our midst, in the vain hope that expelling them 
would allow for a return to a more prosperous and 
harmonious time, a past that of course never existed. 

ONE OF THE MYTHS that small-town people 
enjoy is that theirs is a magically stable place, a safe 
harbor in a changing world. And we cling to that il- 
lusion in the face of considerable evidence to the 
contrary: In the last 40 years my town's population 
has shrunk from 3,500 to less than 1,600; in seven 
chaotic years during the 1980s, four churches ran 
through eight pastors, and the school went through 
six principals and four superintendents. This is seri- 
ous instability, and our denial of it has led to serious 
evil. As a priest with parishes in North Dakota put 
it, "Every year somebody gets crucified. It's usually 
centered on the school. Someone stirs up contro- 
versy, calumny. It's vicious. It's depressing." 

Small-town evil may not seem like much in the 
context of world events, but for me it is global evil 
in microcosm. Tribal and/or class conflict; the re- 
fusal to accept the modern world, partnered with 
the desire to retreat into a more traditional, golden 
past that exists mostly in the imagination of a 
younger generation — all of this front-page news I 

could see reflected in my little corner of the world. 
While we in Lemmon, South Dakota, weren't liter- 
ally sharpening our machetes, the evil was there, 
and it was homegrown. The annihilating instinct 
was in our hearts. I felt that I was a witness to some- 
thing that needed to be described, but my poetry 
seemed too small a vessel. So I turned to prose. 

A saving grace emerged, helping me to survive 
both the inner and outer turmoil of that time, when 
I stumbled across a group of my neighbors on the 
Plains, monasteries of Benedictine men and women 
in North and South Dakota. I quickly discovered 
that while the Benedictines are like a tribe — they 
even have a myth of origin, emerging from Bene- 
dict's cave — they do not suffer from tribalism, that 
evil and ultimately self-destructive mythology that 
identifies others as less than human. Hospitality is 
a core Benedictine value, and it provides one of the 
central paradoxes of monastic life: that the 
monastery stands apart from the world, yet is radi- 
cally open to it. This is why you find that monas- 
teries in rural areas — Richardson, North Dakota, 
for example, or Stearns County, Minnesota — are so 
often beacons of cosmopolitanism. Out in the mid- 
dle of nowhere, one might encounter a translator of 
medieval Dutch mystics, or someone looking at 
similarities between the Hebrew psalms and the 
poems of the Veda. One might meet a monk or nun 
visiting from a Benedictine community in Tanza- 
nia, Australia, France, or Colombia, Manila or 
Tokyo. One might even find a Tibetan monk or 
nun in residence, participating in a monastic ex- 
change program that has been quietly promoting 
interfaith dialogue for nearly 40 years. 

As I got to know several Benedictine communi- 
ties, I realized that while monasteries faced all the 
problems of small town life — insularity, gossip, pi- 
geonholing, the denial and repression of differ- 
ences — they generally dealt with these problems in 
a more healthy way, confronting human evil more 
creatively, and with more awareness. 


church were dealing with evil the way most of us 
do, most of the time — stupidly, inattentively, re- 
sponding to the threat of change, or to any per- 

22 WINTER 2002 

ceived threat, by becoming defensive and by acting 
out old, entrenched, and largely unconscious be- 
havior patterns. This is ordinary human behavior, 
to which none of us is immune. But the Bene- 
dictines had some handy tools for coping with 
human evil, tools that I found were also available to 
me: the rule of St. Benedict, the Bible's Book of 
Psalms, and a sophisticated psychology of tempta- 
tion with roots in the desert monastic tradition. 

The Rule of St. Benedict comes from 6th-centu- 
ry Italy, a time and place at least as violent and un- 
stable as our own; yet Benedict was unwavering in 
his faith that people could learn to live together 
peaceably, even though his communities included, 
as Benedictine monasteries do today, people with 
strikingly different backgrounds, aptitudes, inter- 
ests, and theological and political persuasions. 
Benedict suggested that to remove the thorns of 
contention that spring up in daily, communal 
living, it was good for monks to pray the Lord's 

Prayer together, several times a day. Benedictines 
have told me that while this practice doesn't work 
wonders, "It is good, when we're sitting in choir 
with those who have pissed us off, to be reminded 
that we are forgiven only as we forgive." 

For our own time, what may be most remarkable 
and useful about the enduring Benedictine tradi- 
tion is its rejection of fundamentalism. It is a living 
tradition, demonstrating that people can honor the 
fundamentals of a 1,500-year-old way of life with- 
out seeking to replicate the world of the 6th centu- 
ry, or retreating into an imagined "golden past." 
Two vows unique to the Benedictine order reflect 
the creative tension in which they are attempting to 
live: They take a vow of stability, promising to re- 
main in one particular community all their lives, 
and also a vow of conversatio morum, which, loosely 
translated, means "conversion of morals." In essence, 
it means always remaining open to change, from 
the inside out. 

At the center of monastic life are the Psalms — a 
community will recite the entire Psalter commu- 
nally over three or four weeks, and then start over 
again — and I've come to believe that immersion in 
the Psalms is the greatest tool Benedictines have in 
their struggle with evil. It was the 4th-century 
monk Athanasius who said that the psalms are a 
mirror to the person singing them. They reflect 
human beings as we are. Every emotion is there, for 
good or ill. What strikes modern Americans as 
"negative" in the Psalms is often just a realistic por- 
trayal of the evil that people perpetrate on one an- 
other, massacres, economic oppression, betrayals. 
The Psalms are like that difficult and priceless 
friend who won't lie to us about the wrong we do, 
or the wrong that we harbor in our hearts. 

The Psalms, as poems, allow the soul consider- 
able room for exploration; and, as one Benedictine 
put it, God behaves in the Psalms in ways He is not 
allowed to behave in systematic theology. Some 
truths about human experience emerge: God may 
remain hidden, maddeningly absent or simply 
asleep, but it is folly to put your trust in princes and 
rulers, or in material success. The great are an illu- 
sion — take their breath, and they and their plans 
come to nothing. 

The Psalms look at human experience through 
the lens of eternity, and I believe this may help ex- 
plain why so many Benedictine communities (and 
those of the Cistercians, Dominicans, Franciscans, 
and other orders whose daily prayer lives are 
grounded in the psalms) were willing to hide Jews 
during the Holocaust. The Nazis and their sympa- 
thizers may have had all the cards, all the temporal 
power. But if you believe what the Psalms teach 
you, military and political power is not what mat- 
ters in the long run. Justice matters more. Evil has 
a considerable presence in the Psalms, but we hear 
over and over that evil is its own reward: My enemy 
dug a pit for me, and fell in it himself. Malice re- 
coils on the one who acts out of malice. 

Many Benedictines I spoke with talked about the 
necessity of internalizing the enemies spoken of in 
the Psalms: When you come across an accusation — 
"You love lies more than truth" — or an image of 
"enemies pregnant with malice, who conceive evil 
and bring forth lies," you don't project it out on 
other people but reflect on how these stark judg- 
ments are true of you. The Psalms remind us that 
we have enemies, people who will act in ways that 
harm us. But they also remind us that if we wish 
others ill, and act in ways that oppress other people, 

particularly the most vulnerable people in a society, 
we become enemies. What is most striking to me 
about the monastic encounter with evil is the will- 
ingness to acknowledge the evil thoughts that 
come, and not deny them. One sister put it in terms 
of embracing evil, observing and engaging it as it 
works its way through her thoughts. Not even re- 
sisting, but simply being attentive to it, noting 
where the evil thought wants to go. Does it wallow 
in nursing past slights, swelling with resentment? 
Does it prompt her toward an act of revenge? Does 
it turn into a desire for something she doesn't need? 
Or can she see a virtue hiding on its flipside and 
choose to act on that? 

The sister is practicing spiritual warfare, a tradi- 
tion at least as old as the Christian monastic tradi- 
tion. It employs a psychology of temptation that 
bears little resemblance to what most of us learned 
in religious education about sin, because it comes 
from a time before there was a catalog of sins iden- 
tified by the Church. 

The concept of seven deadly sins evolved slowly, 
originating in the temptations toward evil that the 
early monks had experienced in themselves, which 
they eventually characterized as eight bad thoughts. 
But by the time of my 1950s catechism classes in a 
Congregational church, this existential sense of sin 
was lost to me, and the whole idea of sin seemed ab- 
stract. It was easy to delude myself into thinking of 
sins as bad acts that I might succumb to one day but 
could probably avoid. I could tell myself that if I did- 
n't accumulate a lot of stuff, then I wasn't greedy. If 
I didn't "make out" with boys, lust wasn't a problem. 

THE MONASTIC APPROACH to human evil is 
entirely different, and much more interesting psy- 
chologically: It looks at temptations rather than 
acts, at the bad thoughts that are always distracting 
us, pulling us away from the present and what we 
are supposed to be doing. Temptations offer instead 
a world of fantasy, an indulgence in anxiety or de- 
sire. Have I ever been so struck with the fear of 
being helpless that I became obsessed with the 
hoarding of goods? Then I have encountered the 
bad thought of greed. Have I ever let a sexual fan- 
tasy take hold of me to such an extent that I ruined 
a real relationship? Then I have encountered the 
bad thought of lust. Have I ever lamented over a 
lost time and place to the extent that my present 
condition has become abominable to me? Welcome 
to the bad thought of despair. Have I ever started to 

24 WINTER 2002 

pray, and suddenly been overcome by the memory 
of the wrong another person has done to me? It's 
the bad thought of anger laying siege. 

In my book Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, 
I opened my chapter on the words "good" and "evil" 
by discussing the way people so often say, "I'm a 
good person." It's usually a preface to dumping on 
someone they consider bad. "I'm a good person, I 
don't cheat on my wife. I don't attack the President 
(or) I do attack the President." "I'm a good person, 
I don't engage in homosexual acts (or) I don't en- 
gage in homophobia." The litany of self- righteous- 
ness that pervades our culture says to me that for all 
of our therapy and psychological sophistication, we 
remain remarkably unreflective about ourselves 
when it comes to our capacity for evil. But the 
monastic perspective lets no one off the hook. Try 
this old desert story on for size, maybe substituting 
the word "terrorist" for "murderer": Abba Poemen 
said, "If a man has attained to that which the Apos- 
tle speaks of — 'to the pure all things are pure [Titus 
1:15]' — he sees himself as less than all creatures." A 
brother replied, "How can I deem myself less than a 
murderer?" and the old man said, "When a man has 
really comprehended this saying, if he sees a man 
committing murder, he says, 'He has only commit- 
ted this one sin, but I commit sins every day.'" 

How can I deem myself less than a terrorist? It's 
an offensive concept, but monasticism was never 
meant to be pleasing. I sense that when some peo- 
ple think of evil — and especially of those who com- 
mit evil acts — they truly believe that they stand 
apart from it; that they have nothing in common 
with evildoers. We pride ourselves that we are not 
anything like the people who would do such things. 

A perspective that I find much more useful in my 
life, and my work, is that of a moral continuum, 
moving from thought to action. I might harbor a 
bad thought — a typical one might be the casual no- 
tion that an adulterer toys with, thinking how con- 
venient it would be if the spouse were no longer 
part of the picture. If I allow myself to move along 
the continuum, toward action, such a thought can 
lead to actual murder. More commonly, it leads the 
adulterer to "eliminate" the spouse by acting as if 
the husband or wife does not exist. Such a thought, 
however, properly attended to, and contended with, 
can move us on the continuum, back into the realm 
of a good thought, a virtue. We might move from 
"how convenient if this person weren't in my life," 
to "my God, what am I thinking of!" to a reconsid- 
eration of how we are shortchanging the people 

closest to us. We may become more capable of 
making a good decision about our relationships. 

But it is remarkably easy to remain inattentive to 
our thoughts, to lose ourselves in them, allowing 
them to become desires, and then actions. When 
evil has really taken us over, we can convince our- 
selves that what we are doing is worthwhile. Psalm 
36 says it well: "Sin whispers to sinners in the 
depths of their hearts. . . . They so flatter them- 
selves in their minds that they know not their guilt. 
In their mouths are mischief and deceit. All wisdom 
is gone. They plot the defeat of goodness, as they 
lie in bed." 

I BELIEVE THAT ANY creative encounter with 
evil requires that we not distance ourselves from it by 
simply demonizing those who commit evil acts. In 
order to write about evil, a writer has to try to com- 
prehend it, from the inside out; to understand the 
perpetrators and not necessarily sympathize with 
them. But Americans seem to have a very difficult 
time recognizing that there is a distinction between 
understanding and sympathizing. Somehow we be- 
lieve that an attempt to inform ourselves about what 
leads to evil is an attempt to explain it away. I believe 
that just the opposite is true, and that when it comes 
to coping with evil, ignorance is our worst enemy. 
I'm going to conclude with a very brief poem on the 
subject of goodness. In fact, it's called "Goodness": 

Despite our good deeds, 

The chatter of our best intentions, 

our many kindnesses, 

God is at work 

in us, close 

to the bone, 

past the sinews 

of our virtues, to the marrow 

we cannot feel, 

the sudden, helpless tears 

when we know what we are, 

and can go on. 

Kathleen Noiris is the author of Dakota: A Spiritual 
Geography (1993); The Cloister Walk (1996); 
Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith (1998); and, 
most recently, The Virgin of Bennington (2001), an 
account of her clays as a young poet in New York City in 
the 1970s. The poem "'Goodness'' 1 appears in her collec- 
tion Journey (2001), published by the University of 
Pittsburgh Press. 

BOS ION COLL] (.1 \l \(,\/l\l 25 

Demon EVIL 

JOYCE CAROL OATES: To the Spanish it was the 
"French disease"; to the French it was the "Italian 
disease"; to the Germans it was the "Spanish dis- 
ease." Elsewhere, though not in Great Britain, it 
was the "British disease." More ingeniously, its ori- 
gins were sometimes believed to be the consequence 
of extraterrestrial forces, a malevolent conjunction 
of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in the night sky. 

The subject is syphilis, but we apply analogous 
reasoning to evil: In the most obvious of ways, we 
ascribe to others the pathogens in ourselves. We 
gaze into the face of evil and give it a name not 
ours, unaware that what we're gazing into is a mir- 
ror, and that our instinct to attribute evil to ex- 
traterrestrial origins is an oblique way of denying 

the very human roots of much of human suffering. 
To me, evil isn't a theological concept. Its source 
is not extraterrestrial or supernatural. Evil no more 
exists beyond the reaches of our planet than do our 
politics, our popular culture, the waxing and wan- 
ing of our world crises, and the storms that blow 
ceaselessly over the rounded, grooved, and pocked 
face of our planet; it has no more currency than 
such kindred concepts as good, beauty, ugliness, 
and justice. These speak to purely and exclusively 
human preoccupations, subject to continual change 
and modification and (sometimes) reversal. Evil is 
the mote in the Other's eye, a passing wink or twin- 
kle in our own, for which we protest that we are 
blameless — innocent. 

Elaine Pagels, in The Origin of Satan (1995), her 
examination of the origins of Satan in the New Tes- 
tament and the subsequent demonizing of putative 
enemies of Christendom through the centuries, 
noted that this form of Satan never appears in the 
Hebrew Bible or in mainstream Judaism; in the 
Hebrew Bible a satan was an angel sent by God "for 
the specific purpose of blocking or obstructing 
human activity." "The satan's presence in a story," 
Pagels wrote, helped "to account for unexpected 
obstacles or reversals of fortune." Though Pagels 
didn't develop this functional aspect of the satan in 
ancient religious narratives, the satan may well have 
been a device akin to a second or third actor in a 
play, or to the often ingenuous participants in the 
Socratic dialogues of Plato. In other words, the 
satan is a narrative device to allow for conflict, de- 
bate, resolution, the restoration and reiteration of 
beliefs and values. Edmund is a manipulative satan 
in King Lear, and Iago a diabolically inspired satan 
in Othello. 

As the role of the satan evolved, however, the 
concept was given a primitive, literal presence in 
religious texts: not the satan but Satan emerges as a 
singular malevolent force in the New Testament. 
Whereas the ancient Greeks and Romans seem to 
have perceived their numerous gods as capricious 
projections of human desires, and rarely as wise or 
"moral," early Christians saw their singular God 
(the Father) and their singular Savior (Jesus, the 
Son of the Father) as purely moral, always wise and 
good, and never capricious. To account for the moral 
chaos of nature, the allegorical figure of Satan was 
invested with the power to tempt humankind, as in 
the crude cautionary tale of the Garden of Eden — 
a biblical version of Pandora's box and other pagan 
cautionary tales. 

It's as if a poetic metaphor leaped to life, as in 
comic-book magic: the satan becomes Satan be- 
comes an adversary of God so invested with wiles 
and power that he is virtually a shadow God, an al- 
most equal opponent whose domain is pure evil, as 
God's domain is pure good. 

In The Origin of Satan, as in her earlier, highly 
influential Adam, Eve, and the Serpent (1988) and 
The Gnostic Gospels (1979), Pagels traced the fasci- 
nating ways in which the ever evolving vision of 
Christianity's Satan has served "to confirm for 
Christians their own identification with God and to 
demonize their opponents — first other Jews, then 
pagans, and later dissident Christians called 
heretics." In the 21st century, as in the earliest cen- 
turies of Christianity, baptism requires the convert 

to solemnly "renounce the devil and all his works" 
and to accept the principle of exorcism. Christian 
baptism seems to confirm the almost equal status of 
Satan vis-a-vis God the Father: an astonishing ele- 
vation of a minor folktale functionary to major sta- 
tus. It's as if a maverick congressman from an 
outlying district in Utah were suddenly granted al- 
most equal status with the President of the United 
States, and we thrilled to their televised debates, 
Whose side are you on? being the hyperventilated 
media question. 

such cultural archetypes — or stereotypes — as God, 
Satan, Good, and Evil is to demystify these con- 
cepts, and to dismantle, or deconstruct, the primi- 
tive scaffoldings of superstition that have supported 
them. This is, of course, a rich, wildly extravagant 
and imaginative aesthetic heritage, which we would 
not wish to banish, for all the cruel perversity of 
certain of its impassioned visions. 

O'er many a frozen, many a fiery alp, 

Rocks, caves, lakes, fens, bogs, dens, and shades 

of death, 
A universe of death, which God by curse 
Created evil, for evil only good, 
Where all life dies, death lives, and nature breeds, 
Perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things, 
Abominable, inutterable, and worse 
Than fables yet have feigned, or fear conceived, 
Gorgons and Hydras, and Chimeras dire. 

Milton, Paradise Lost 

The potency of such visions is not lessened by 
the suggestion that their divine or diabolical di- 
mensions are purely projective fantasies of man- 
kind. In fact, that such fantasies have the power to 
enthrall some of us, to impel us to extraordinary 
acts of selflessness (heroism, fanaticism, or martyr- 
dom, depending on one's perspective), suggests 
their ineffable and enduring nature. 

The wish to believe in extraterrestrial forces that 
condone, confirm, and meticulously guide and gov- 
ern our lives is, for some, stronger even than the 
wish to persevere in our own being (to use Spinoza's 
haunting phrase). The power of such a wish was 
tragically dramatized for us in the suicide terrorist 
acts of September 1 1 and in similar acts of self-de- 
struction for political or religious causes in recent 
times. Where we see terrorism and suicide, the per- 
formers of such rites see martyrdom. Where we see 


evil, they see good. As in a nightmare, we who be- 
lieve ourselves good are perceived, apparently by 
millions of Islamic believers, as evil. We, who imag- 
ine that God is on our side, are stunned to learn that 
in our enemies' eyes we are of the devil; they are of 
God, and their war with us is no mere politically ex- 
pedient war, like every other, but a "holy war." 

How like the vengeful mysticism of certain pas- 
sages of the Hebrew Bible and the Book of Reve- 
lation of St. John the Divine are these impassioned 
yet chilling "poetic" words: 

Praise be to God and we beseech Him for help 
and forgiveness. We seek refuge with the Lord... 
He whom God guides is rightly guided but he 

whom God 
leaves to stray, for him will he find no protector 
to lead him to the right way. 

I witness that there is no God but God and 

is His slave and Prophet. God Almighty hit the 
United States at its most vulnerable. He destroyed 
its greatest buildings. Praise be to God. 

The United States is filled with terror from its 
north to its south and from its east to its west. 
Praise be to God. . . 

They champion falsehood, support the butcher 

the victim, the oppressor against the innocent child. 
May God mete them the punishment they deserve. 

These remarks, by Osama bin Laden, were 
broadcast shortly after the terrorist destruction of 
the World Trade Center on September 1 1 . 

When we attribute instinctive beliefs to ex- 
traterrestrial sources, and theological motives to 
unconscious, biologically driven wishes for sur- 
vival and self-aggrandizement, we are surely sus- 
ceptible to such stunning dramatic reversals. 

MOST OF US ARE PROBABLY more comfort- 
able with the concept of evils than with Evil. Evils 
are multiple and finite; Evil is an alarming singular- 
ity suggesting that all evils spring from a primary 
source, as in a theologically defined cosmos. Most 
of us don't really believe that two polar forces, 
Good and Evil, God and the Devil, are struggling 
with each other for dominance by way of our va- 
porous souls. 

We do believe in the evils of poverty, illiteracy, 
illness, political tyranny, sexism, and racism — and 
that these evils are remediable. We believe that 
some individual, wholly human political leaders 
and self-ordained "holy men" (not so many 
women — one wonders why) behave out of self-in- 
terest; they appeal to their credulous constituents 
in the name of good, even as they commit un- 
speakable evils against humankind. 

But we don't believe that these people are in a 
mystic communion with Evil or are in themselves 
evil — any more than we can conceive of ourselves 
as evil, in any scenario whatsoever. 

Poet, playwright, essayist, and co-founder of the Ontario 
Review, Joyce Carol Oates is the author of more than 20 
novels. Them (1970) was the winner of the National 
Book Award. Blonde (2000), drawn from the life of 
Marilyn Monroe, was nominated for a National Book 
Award and a Pulitzer Prize. Oates is a recipient of the 
PEN /Malamud Award for Lifetime Achievm,ent in the 
Short Stoiy. Her most recent book, Beasts, appeared in 
January. Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Professor in the 
Humanities at Princeton University. 

28 WINTER 2002 


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Alumna Takes Flight: "Ride, Captain, Ride!" 

an interview with Carole Danis Litten '76 

by Tracy L. Strauss, BCAA Communications Assistant 

Litten '76, USAirways Captain 

"\A/ hen Carole Danis Litten '76 first envi- 
sioned her career path, she never 
imagined how far life would take her. Neither 
did this Boston College finance major realize 
how many people she would take along for 
the ride. 

These days, Litten is a USAirways captain, 
flying passenger jets on both domestic and 
Caribbean routes. "I was told by a high school 
career counselor, 'You can't be a pilot 
because there are no women pilots!'" she 
said, "So I focused on finance and business, 
which were my secondary interests, in col- 

Litten's route to Boston College was 
transAtlantic. Her father served in the mili- 
tary, and consequently, Litten was moved 
around a lot during her childhood. During 
most of her formative years, she lived in 
London, attending private English schools. 
Litten's decision to enroll at Boston College 
was a personal one: at the time she graduat- 
ed from high school, her father, then serving 
in. the Navy, was stationed in Boston. 

"BC was the best-sized 

campus for my personality 

and for what I needed. " 

"Boston, as a city, was very close in my 
mind to the life style I had grown accustomed 
to in Europe," said Litten. With her 
decision to major in finance, Boston College, 
at the time placing third in that field, just 
below Harvard University, was her top choice, 
and one she still values today, particularly 
with regard to its continued reputation for 
classroom interaction. 

"As a student," Litten said, "I enjoyed the 
fact that classes were small. BC was the best- 
sized campus for my personality and for what 
I needed." 

Upon graduation from Boston College, 
Litten utilized her finance skills in her role as 
an assistant manager with McDonald's in 

Beverly and Salem, MA. When she made the 
move to banking and Jacksonville, FL, she 
was introduced to opportunities in the Navy. 
She signed up for the naval officer program 
and, in January 1977, she returned to New 
England for officer candidate school in 
Newport, Rl. She was stationed for a year at 
the Naval Facility Grand Turk, BWI, after com- 
pleting the program. 

Litten's career progressed further in San 
Diego where she was selected as one of 
twelve women to attend a naval aviation pilot 
program in 1979. 

After training, she was sent to her first 
squadron in Patuxent River, MD, flying mis- 
sions to and from Greenland, Iceland, 
Norway, Scotland, England, Ireland, Spain, 
the Canary Islands, Senegal, Africa, Rio de 
Janeiro, Mexico, Tahiti, New Zealand, and the 
Philippines, among other places. 

Three years later, Litten traveled back to 
NAS Whiting Field, FL, as an instructor pilot. 
Said Ljtten: "Because of restrictions limiting 
what and where female navy pilots fly, after 
ten years of instructing I left the active duty 
Navy." Litten subsequently was hired by 
Piedmont Airlines, which merged with USAir, 
and is now known as USAirways. 

"Since September 11, the 

issue is patience, and the 

need for a tremendous 

amount of it. " 

"I first flew our international routes to 
Frankfurt, Munich, London, Paris, Rome and 
Madrid," Litten said. "I was actually in Paris 
overnight when Princess Diana was killed in 
the automobile accident." Litten's other 
"claims-to-fame" include flying Margaret 
Thatcher from Phoenix to Philadelphia right 
after former President Nixon's funeral. 

Litten did also continue to serve in the 
Naval Reserves, retiring after almost twenty- 
four years as a Navy Captain. 

Litten currently resides in Fort Myers, FL, 
with her husband, Scott, and her two step 
children, Kori and Andy. Her typical "com- 
mute" consists of a transstate "jumpseating" 
to the USAirways base in Philadelphia. Flight 
assignments usually last between two and 
four days. 

"My ideal scenario," Litten said, "would be 
an eight-hour flight to the Caribbean and then 
back home every night, but actually, it's 
sometimes nice to have a twenty-six-hour lay- 
over, say, in Phoenix so that I can take advan- 
tage of some of the great biking trails there." 

Flexibility is one of Litten's assets, particu- 
larly since the September n events. 

"Sky rage is not an issue any more," Litten 

said. "Since September n, the issue is 
patience, and the need for a tremendous 
amount of it." 

Each flight assignment brings a new staff 
on board. As Captain, Litten is responsible 
for briefing her crew on the flight logistics, 
weather patterns, security, catering, passen- 
ger medical problems, and even verifying for 
passengers that their pets, traveling with the 
cargo, are okay. 

For Litten, the rules of flying have changed, 
and continue to change every day: "It's a 
growing process as we try to figure out what 
works best." 

Presently, flight crews, Litten explained, do 
not have the option of checking their bags, 
and "so any time we change aircraft, which 
can be three or four times in a day, we have to 
repeat the security process," she said. "We go 
through a great deal of scrutiny at security 
checkpoints, where, along with our passen- 
gers, our belongings are searched. 
Sometimes it can be difficult to have our per- 
sonal lives exposed in the professional 

Litten holds hope for the future of air trav- 
el. "People are coming back faster than ana- 
lysts say," she said. "The news that public 
confidence has taken a hit and that the num- 
ber of travelers has significantly decreased 
has caused some of the airlines to exhibit a 
kneejerk reaction and to shut down. Many 
crew members are looking at furloughs. Such 
news has taken its toll on morale. But at the 
same time, the events have offered airlines 
the chance to clean up loose odds and ends, 
to become more efficient." 

Litten is currently working to try to facili- 
tate and develop programs that will allow 
minorities to take a bigger role in USAirways. 
As past president of the International Society 
of Women Airline Pilots, Litten has helped to 
provide scholarships for young women who 
are training for airline positions. 

On a daily basis, Litten continues to pro- 
pel her own journey, and those of others, 
onward and upward. 

She is the voice from the cockpit: "Let's 
make this a fun instead of a stressful trip. 
Let's make it feel as much as it used to as we 
possibly can." 

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Maurice J. Downey 
180 Main Street 
Walpole, MA 02081 


Charles A. McCarthy 
2081 Beacon St. 
Waban, MA 02468 
(617) 244-9025 

With deep regret, I must inform you of the 
death of our classmate David Hockman of 
Cambridge and Scituate on August 31, 2001. 
Dave was a fellow member of Freshman G, 
the freshman class that won the public 
praise of Prof. John Norton. Dave started his 
career as a teacher in the Cambridge public 
schools and also filled the posts of principal 
and superintendent. In World War II, Dave 
served in the Air Force. When he died, Dave 
was a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force 
Reserves. May he rest in peace. 


Walter M. Drohan 
85 Nelson St. 
Winchester, MA 01890 
(781) 729-2899 

Here we are, all fifteen of us left from the 
original 165 classmates who traveled up 
Commonwealth Avenue to begin the higher 
education study of the liberal arts Radio 
Studorum, strictly of the Jesuit indoctrina- 
tion that led to the Ever to Excel motto of 
the University. This 2002, being the jubilee 
year for us, will probably find each of us 
toasting the present, past, and future, and 
jubilating at home. One event that will be 
remembered is the football game played on 
November 10, when we completely out- 
played Miami, who, before that game, was 
ranked number one on top of the hill, and 
who could never get into the end zone rush- 
ing the ball. 


William M. Hogan,Jr. 
Brookhaven, A-305 
Lexington, MA 02421 
(781) 863-8359 


Herbert A. Kenny 
894 Summer St. 
Manchester, MA 01944 
(978). 526-1446 


Edward T. Sullivan 
2082 Oyster Harbor 
Osterville, MA 02655 
(617) 698-0080 

We are making plans for our seventieth 
reunion at some comfortable inn in NH or 
VT in January 2005. Cross-country skiing will 

be available for those who are not interested 
in the downhill variety. (Sleigh rides are 
reserved for older folks.) Speaking of 
reunions, we are looking for a chairman for 
the seventy-fifth. We need someone with a 
family history of longevity who is a con- 
firmed optimist. • We were happy to find 
that Dom Destefano, despite the loss of his 
very beloved wife, Rita, last June, is carrying 
on bravely. His famous tomato crop was late 
this year due to the unusually cold weather 
in early summer, but he gave us his very 
special recipe for fried green tomatoes. We 
don't have room for it here, but please call 
him for it at (781) 545-2787. Seriously, he 
would love to hear from you. Bishop Boles 
spends his free time with his sister next 
door to Dom and the two have become 
close friends. The Bishop gave a big party 
for Dom on his recent birthday. • Eli 
Darveau and his wife, Doris, are adjusting 
nicely to their move from Madison, ME, to 
Milton, where they are near their daughter 
Susan. One thing for which we have never 
given the Darveaus the credit they deserve is 
the fact that they did not allow distance to 
keep them from sending their three chil- 
dren, Richard, Susan, and Peter to Boston 
College. • We checked on Milt Bornstein and 
Anne and found them well. When asked for 
news, he announced that he had just closed 
his law office. This will give him more time 
for the good works he does. • We talked to 
Dick Vaughn and Mary down in Hingham. 
They have had their medical problems, but 
they are happily situated after a lifetime of 
far away places like HI and Wl. Dick's con- 
suming interest and concern is in the grow- 
ing problems of the church, including the 
secularization of our Catholic colleges. • 
Eddie O'Brien, from Dorchester, says that he 
has had all the ailments in the book but is 
still able to live alone. He takes turns cook- 
ing dinner with his bachelor son James '72, 
who lives two doors away. James, incidental- 
ly, was a track star who won many meets for 
Boston College, running in the dashes, the 
quarter mile, and the relay. • We caught up 
with Bob Huddy who has been a faithful 
attendant through the years at the Laetare 
gathering, but has been hard to reach. At 
our request, he sent us the highlights of his 
life and career since graduation. It is an 
unusual account of an important business 
career and the pursuit of a very unusual 
hobby. He is, without question, the most 
active member of our class. We will feature 
him in our next edition. • Dan Holland and 
Walter Sullivan were the guests of the Shaw 
Society at a brunch on Sunday, October 28. 
Mona Holland and Marie Cox, Walter's 
daughter, were included. Heavy nostalgia 
was the order of the day when the group 
walked into room 101 of the Tower building 
as a gathering place. Finally, Dan Holland 
reports the one casualty in our ranks: "I 
came across the death notice of Fr. Clarence 
Boucher, a loyal classmate, ever ready to 
support our class activities." He was the 
retired pastor of St. Ann's Church in Salem, 
well-revered by his parishioners. 


Joseph P. Keating 
24 High St. 
Natick, MA 01760 
(508) 653-4902 

Julie Burgoyne, wife of our late classmate Al, 
died in late September. Julie was a graduate 
of Regis College and was an accomplished 
classical pianist. She and Al always were at 
our class luncheons and we enjoyed her 
company very much. Please remember Julie 
and the Burgoyne family in your prayers. As 
you can see there is little if any in the way of 
class news for this issue. So if you have any 
news about yourself or the class drop me a 
line. • Shortly after these notes were writ- 
ten, I learned of the sudden death of Bishop 
"Larry" Riley. I will have more info for the 
next issue of the magazine. 


Thomas E. Caquin 
206 Corey St. 
West Roxbury, MA 02132 
(617) 325-2883 

We are sorry to report the death of class- 
mate Arthur Ciampa, who passed away on 
September 5. Arthur's daughter, Millie 
Ciampa McCarthy '78, wrote in with the 
news. After graduating from BC, Arthur went 
on to graduate school where he earned his 
MSW in 1939, the second graduating class 
of the BC School of Social Work. He then 
worked for the Red Cross, the Veteran's 
Administration, and was executive director 
of United Cerebral Palsy of the South Shore 
Area, Inc., from 1958-1992, before he retired. 
During his career, Arthur was a true commu- 
nity activist, serving on at least thirty boards 
and organizations dedicated to improving 
the lives of elders and disabled children. He 
was an annual contributor to BC and loved 
his alma mater. Widowed in 2000, he leaves 
his daughter and one granddaughter. 
Condolences to the family. • Believe it or 
not, it has been sixty-five years since our 
graduation! A mass will be celebrated on 
June 1, followed by a luncheon. This will be 
shared with members of the classes of 1942 
and 1947. Watch for further information in 
your mailboxes later this spring. 


William D. Finan 
1202 Creendale Avenue 
Unit #134 
Needham, MA 02492 


John D. Donovan 
12 Wessonville Way 
Westborough, MA 01581 

These notes are being written on December 
1, 2001, but you won't be reading them until 
March 2002. This time lag means that our 

news is usually dated but is still worth read- 
ing. Of course it usually lacks the exciting 
updates found in the notes of our younger 
alumni classes, e.g., marriages, births, new 
jobs, promotions, relocations, etc. Not sur- 
prisingly,, numbers and age make for differ- 
ences. Ergo, once again we have little to 
report but the good news is that we are still 
hanging in there. Indeed, the only death of a 
classmate to report is that of Tom Ahern. 
Tom, an Arlington native and an active BC 
football player between 1933 and 1939, 
passed away recently after a long and much 
decorated career as a Marine Air Force 
colonel. Our sympathy is extended and our 
prayers offered for him, his wife, and chil- 
dren. He and all other deceased members 
of the class of 1939 were remembered at 
our October memorial Mass and 
luncheon. Fr. Bill Mclnnes, our alumni chap- 
lain, celebrated this Mass attended by the 
following prayerful classmates and family 
members: Herb and Cheryl Chernack, 
Eleanor Doherty, Ann Donovan, John and 
Mary Donovan, Nelson Erickson, Larry 
Fitzgerald, Paul and Florence Keane, Peter 
Kerr, John and Elaine Lynch, Cina McCarthy, 
Jim McCrath, Fred Molloy, Arthur Morrison, 
Charlie and Natalie Murphy, Ed Quinn, and 
Arthur and Mary Sullivan. Our Prexy, John 
Lynch, presided over a business meeting 
but no big issues were confronted. We may 
be somewhat aged but we are still solvent 
and hopeful that continued good health and 
good luck will find an even larger atten- 
dance at our memorial Mass next fall. • 
We'd love to hear from you! Peace! Wait a 
minute, I thought that I was finished but 
hold the press! Our prayers for news have 
been answered with some really great news. 
A thoughtful and welcomed letter from Fr. 
Russell Cuaracello informs us that on 
October 24, he, Fr. Philip McConville, and 
Fr. Joseph McNulty (all class of 1939) had 
the joy of concelebrating a Mass at Our 
Lady of the Assumption Church in 
Marshfield. Why? It celebrated the fifty- 
eighth year anniversary of their ordination in 
October 1943. Think of it. These classmates 
have spent fifty-eight years of loving service 
as priests in the Archdiocese of Boston, 
priests who have been both disciples of 
Christ and our intermediaries. Our congrat- 
ulations, our thanks, our prayers, and our 
best wishes are with you and for you. Let's 
hope now for more good news! Peace. 


Sherman Rogan 
24 Oak Street 
Reading, MA 01867 


Ernest J. Handy 
84 Walpole Street Unit 4-M 
Canton, MA 02021 
(781) 821-4576 

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John M. Callahan 
3 Preacher Rd. 
Milton, MA 02186 
(617) 698-2082 

Proceeding down memory lane, Fred Jaquith 
provided President Nick Sottile with a 
Boston Globe article and photograph dated 
June 29, 1945, of Fr. Ed Cowhig, Fr. George 
Kerr, and Fr. Joe Maguire at their ordination 
at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston. 
Picture now the memories of that time and 
the subsequent loyal and dedicated service 
these wonderful priests along with other 
classmates ordained at the same time ren- 
dered to God, country, and mankind. May 
God bless them always. • On October 19, 
2001, at a luncheon at BC's Conte Forum, 
the BC Gridiron Club honored classmate 
Gene Goodreault on his selection to the BC 
Hall of Fame. His jersey will be retired, a jer- 
sey he wore so capably and proudly in his 
outstanding athletic achievements and his 
subsequent selection to All-American status 
by the press media. Congrats to Gene from 
all of us for his greatness, modesty and 
humility. He is an All-American in every 
aspect of his life. In attendance at the above 
were classmates: Jim Murray, John Jansen, 
Nick Sottile, Roy Upham, Fr. Ed Cowhig, Joe 
Zabilski, George McManama, and Jack 
Callahan. Others scheduled but who could- 
n't attend were Ernie Blaustein, Bob 
Gallagher and Joe Bishop. • The Veteran's 
Remembrance Day Mass was celebrated on 
October 20, 2001, at St. Ignatius. It was a 
most memorable and rewarding ceremony 
as a tribute to Boston College's deceased 
veterans. To see the name of my own broth- 
er, Ed Callahan '35, who gave his life in 
France, brought back many great memories 
and moments of great sadness to our fami- 
ly. May we never forget any of them as they 
rest peacefully and eternally with God. 
Please also remember the recent deaths of 
Charles Polcari who started with us and Fr. 
Joe Galvin. Also a communication from 
Priscilla Vaughan, widow of Joe Vaughan, 
was received and wanting to be remem- 
bered to the class. • Len Frisoli called from 
Florida to say hello to his classmates. • Nick 
Sottile also advised that the 1941 Sugar 
Bowl trophy has been refurbished and is on 
display at Conte Forum. Again, my greetings 
to all and may God keep us together for 
many more occasions. AMDG. 

Our hearts and prayers go out to the twen- 
ty-one members of the alumni, the parents 
of the three current students, and the thirty- 
eight relatives of members of the Boston 
College community who lost their lives dur- 
ing the terrible attack on September 11, 
2001. May they rest in peace. • Sincere con- 
gratulations to Beatrice and Bill Quinn on 
the celebration of their golden wedding 
anniversary. You may recall this was men- 
tioned in the last issue. Unfortunately, I still 
do not have the exact date. Congratulations 
also to Grace and Bob Sneddon who will 
celebrate their fifty years together in April. I 
hope to embellish on this in the next issue. 
• More congratulations. This time to Marie 
and Frank Dever. Theirs was a double cele- 
bration, their fifty-seventh wedding anniver- 
sary on September 23, 2001, and Marie's 
birthday on September 24. • Finally, congrat- 
ulations also to Connie Pappas-Jameson 
who was honored as the "2001 Boston Latin 
School Distinguished Graduate" at a cere- 
mony held November 20, 2001, at the grand 
ballroom of the Fairmount Plaza Hotel. 
Please note that in each case the congratu- 
lations were most sincere. • My sincere 
THANKS to the many classmates who sent 
me get well cards during my brief hospital- 
ization at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center last 
September. While on the subject of thanks I 
cannot forget John Fitzgerald and his regu- 
lar news contributions. John could be, per- 
haps should be, listed as co-author of this 
column. On September 9, 2001, my 
youngest daughter, Joanne, LSOE grad, pre- 
sented me with another granddaughter, 
Mary Faith. She weighed in at seven 
pounds, seven ounces and was nineteen 
and three-quarters of an inch long. 
Hopefully Boston College is in her future. • 
Incidentally we (the class) are celebrating 
our sixtieth anniversary as BC graduates. 
Notices of the events planned by the 
Alumni Association have either been 
received or will be received in the very near 
future. It is expected that the class will, as 
usual, be well represented at each event. • 
Jim Stanton, Terry Geoghegan, our newly 
appointed class treasurer replacing the late 
but not forgotten Jim Cahalane, and I met 
with an Alumni Association representative 
to discuss the class's reunion schedule. It 
was a well-conducted and most interesting 
meeting. We unanimously agreed that the 
only activity that we would sponsor sepa- 
rately, yet in conjunction with other alumni 
activities, would be our annual memorial 
Mass to be held June l, 2002. Get ready for 
anniversary time. The Mass will be celebrat- 
ed, followed by a luncheon. This will be 
shared with members of the classes of 1937 
and 1947. Watch for further information in 
your mailboxes later this spring. • Also, your 





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prayers are requested in memory of Terry 
Geoghegan's brother, Thomas, who died on 
October 29, 2001. Kindly remember Bob 
Maher, who passed on December 2. He too 
will be remembered at our memorial Mass 
in June. • News passed along from Steve 
Barry '56, on the passing of his sister, 
Frances (Barry) Curry, widow of classmate 
Arthur L. Curry. She leaves five daughters, 
several grandchildren, and one great-grand- 
child. • The first Boston College Veterans 
Remembrance Day observance, held before 
and during the BC-Pittsburgh football game 
on October 20, 2001, was excellently man- 
aged jointly by the Boston College Alumni 
Association and the ROTC. The events con- 
sisted of a Mass, celebrated by Alumni 
Chaplain William C. Mclnnes, SJ, followed 
by a delicious and complete pre-game cook- 
out at the RecPlex patio, and was a bit too 
long for many of us older graduates. 
Nevertheless the class was well represented 
by Frank Mahoney, who with his wife, Rita, 
still go dancing most every Saturday night, 
Tom Flanagan, Mary Muse- (Bob, for good 
reason, could not attend), and yours truly. 
Lest I forget, the invitation included two 
complimentary tickets to the football game. 
• On October 25, 2001, the University's 
Globalization and Inequality Series second 
year was inaugurated with a talk by Bob 
Drinan on "Globalization and Human 
Rights." Bob, former Boston College Law 
School dean, has been a featured speaker 
throughout the United States, England, and 
South Africa. • As you read this: I expect to 
have been wallowing in the warm water of 
the Gulf of Mexico; puttering around on the 
extra green golf courses in Naples, FL, with 
Jim Stanton and Frank Colpoys, enjoying 
comfortable temperatures both day and 
night, and, with my wife, frequently socializ- 
ing with Helen and Jim Stanton, Agnes and 
Frank Colpoys, Winifred and Bob Troy, 
Louise and Jack Hart, whom I beat regularly 
at golf, and Dorothy McDonald. Incidentally, 
you are all welcome. Wish you were here. 
Maybe next year. Thanks to Chris and Kim 
Heaslip, the BC Club of Southwestern 
Florida activities are well planned. 
Individually and jointly Chris and Kim make 
everyone feel comfortable and most wel- 
come. Because of their efforts, BC is very 
well represented in the annual Naples St. 
Patrick's Day parade. The club's monthly 
meetings and the traditional corned beef 
and cabbage luncheon are both well attend- 
ed. My Helen and I enjoy being participants 
at most of the affairs during our short stay 
in Naples. We are indeed also very fortunate 
in being invited to the social event of the 
season, i.e., the annual reception in honor 
of Fr. Leahy sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. 
Thomas Vanderslice at the exclusive Royal 
Ponciana Country Club. How time flies. I 
know that soon we will leave this all behind 
as we head for, be it ever so humble, the 
peace, quiet, and tranquility of home sweet 
home. Hope to see you at our annual 
memorial Mass on, I repeat, June 1, 2002. 
Ever to excel. 

After a long illness, the class lost one of its 
most loyal sons: Robert Bucky Harris died 
on June 26, 2001. The alphabet gave us 
seats next to each other in most of our 
social science classes. We became close. 
His early departure for the military, in our 
senior year, left a major void in the varsity 
baseball team. In 1947, one year after his 
return to civilian life, Polly said "yes" and 
they were joined in holy matrimony. Bucky, a 
hockey season ticket holder for over thirty 
years, often was accompanied by one of his 
five grandchildren. The class extends sincere 
sympathies to his widow, their two daugh- 
ters, and his five grandchildren. He will be 
remembered at our memorial mass next 
June. Ever to excel. 


Thomas O'C. Murray 
14 Churchill Road 
W. Roxbury, MA 02132-3402 
(617) 323-3737 

that memorable picture of your correspon- 
dent at the fiftieth reunion; sometimes it 
seems like only yesterday. A recent note 
from Fr. Tom Heath tells us he's still teach- 
ing at the Dominican Seminary in Kenya and 
praying for all the victims of September n. A 
final note: mark your calendars now for 
October 6, 2002, when we again will spon- 
sor our Fall Festival. Details to come; please 
plan to attend. Finally as we close, please 
keep in touch. 


Jim (James) O'Donnell 
3377 Newark Street 
Washington, DC 20008 

Once again we must begin with condo- 
lences, first to the family of Joe Timpany 
who died October 31. Joe was a USAF pilot 
in the Pacific area, a member of the '43 
group to Bermuda in '67, and owner of the 
Eastern Elevator Co. Condolences also to 
Bernie Henken on the death of his wife, 
Charlotte, on September 10. The class had a 
very good showing at the annual Fall Festival 
with a memorial Mass on October 7 in 
Trinity Chapel, followed by a reception in 
Barat House. In the absence of our long 
time celebrant Fr. Bill Commane, sidelined 
with some hip problems, the Mass was said 
by Fr. Ed Cillis. Fr. Ed left us early for the 
priesthood and later became a Navy chap- 
lain, retiring as a commander. Many thanks 
to Tom Manning for his kind assistance at 
this Mass. Long distance attendance prize 
goes to Ellie and Bob Casey up from MD, 
edging out Carol Sue and Bob Donelan from 
western MA. About fifty classmates and 
wives and a few widows made for a good 
showing and our thanks to all who made a 
donation for this event. • Notes from all 
over: Ernie Santosuosso tells us that he had 
a mini-reunion with Charlie Toole and Harry 
Lukachik at the Sugar Bowl veterans gather- 
ing at half time at the Pitt game on October 
20. In the same vane, on October 4, the 
Gridiron Club of Greater Boston honored 
our old "45," Mike Holovak, as its man of 
the year in ceremonies at the Diplomat in 
Saugus. And speaking of honors, we just 
learned that Harry Lukachik was honored 
with the Citizens Award by the Stradford, CT, 
Oldtimers AA a couple of years ago. Also 
Harry is a popular columnist at the 
Connecticut Post, writing a column titled 
"Your Voice." Word comes from John Raferty 
in Winter Park, FL, that on a hot and humid 
day in August, he made his first hole-in-one, 
after playing golf for more than sixty years. 
Recently, John Logue called from MN, 
inquiring about all classmates, and only 
wished he could have made the ND game. 
Many thanks extended to Fran Foynes for 

Facing another deadline for '44 classnotes, 
your correspondent anxiously awaits a few 
reports from and about classmates. 
Meanwhile some personal reflections: 
Another successful season for BC Golden 
-Eagles on the gridiron, under inspirational 
leadership of Coach Tom O'Brien, reminds 
your correspondent of the 1941 season 
coached by Denny Aleyers. My date for the 
BC vs. HC game at Fenway on November 
28, 1941, was Jeanne Conners, an under- 
graduate at Jackson/Tufts. The epic loss to 
John Grigas and his Holy Cross teammates 
resulted happily in cancellation of BC's 
planned "Victory Party" at the Coconut 
Grove. Who can forget the game and/or the 
Coconut Grove Fire? A few years later 
Jeanne would complain that some BC 
undergrads, who transferred to Tufts in the 
Navy's V-i2 Program, kept her dormmates 
awake on weekend nights with spirited 
singing of "For Boston." Fast forward to 
1994, when our class gathered at Tufts for 
their Golden Jumbo Reunion. These two 
crosstown (Medford/Newton) reunions revi- 
talized friendships among students between 
both campuses. Jeanne (Connors) 
O'Donnell and Jim, married fifty years on 
December 7, 2001, are not unique in sharing 
memories of two once small colleges, which 
in the second half of the twentieth century 
expanded their campuses and academic 
programs into national prominence. • Now 
that '44 classmates have again heard a per- 
sonal note from this quarter, it is time to 
hear back from you, so this column can 
share your comment on "Sixty Years Since 
Pearl Harbor": your thoughts on Japanese 
destroyers departing Sasebo for the Indian 
Ocean in November to join up with US and 
British fleets to combat a common enemy, 
your thoughts on a United Republic of 
Germany in the same month committing to 
send 3,000 ground troops to join up with 
US military against a common terrorist 
enemy, your thoughts on surviving to live 
into this new century. How about the chal- 
lenge of those organizing a stable post-war 
government in Afghanistan? Can you recall 
the ASTP Program on the Chestnut Hill 
Campus in the mid-1940's, preparing bright 
Army personnel for engineering/technical 
assignments, as well as for administrative 
services for days of peace in a post-WWII 



era? (The 1944 Sub Turri features photos 
and a story account of ASTP at BC planning 
for peace as well as war.) Among class of 
'44 are several who served in the successful 
occupation and rehabilitation of Japan, 
Germany, and with the miracle of the 
Marshall Plan for Europe. Share your report 
on '44 classmates involved in ILR classes 
with Msgr. Joe Alves on BC's Newton 
Campus, or in other lifetime learning pro- 
grams, including golf, etc. As deadline 
approaches for notes, responses from class- 
mates to the last issue are arriving, includ- 
ing a welcome note from John A. Delaney, 
CDR, USN (Ret.)of Virginia Beach. John left 
BC in September 1943 to begin a distin- 
guished naval career in the Pacific Theater, 
serving on USS Wisconsin and later as 
Commander Service Force US Pacific, 
awarded the Silver Star, Phillipine Liberation 
Medal and more. In a time of John's illness, 
our prayers are with our classmate, and his 
family. • We sign off, awaiting reports 
and/or corrections from '44 classmates. 


Louis V. Sorgi 
5 Augusta Road 
Milton, MA 02186 

The sympathy of the class is extended to Bill 
Hamrock on the death of his sister, 
Katherine, on November 3, 2001. She was 
personnel administrator at the US Navy 
department. We also extend our sympathy 
to the family of Jeffrey J. Bowe, III, son of 
our classmate Jeffrey J. Bowe of Melrose. • 
We had our last "legends" golf game of the 
year at Oyster Harbor Golf Course, hosted 
by Paul Ryder. It was a beautiful day and we 
had a great tournament. Ed Burns played 
with us after his operation on both knees, 
jack Harvey, our champion golfer joined us 
as did Bill Corbitt. Our standbys were there: 
Leo McGrath, Jack McCarthy, Dave Carey 
and his cane, Dennis Condon, Bill Cornyn, 
Joe Devlin, Bud Curry, Jack Kineavy, and Bill 
Hamrock. Paul as usual was a very gracious 
and organized host. We had a wonderful 
two days in North Conway, NH. Jack 
Kineavy arranged golf at North Conway Golf 
Course and the women shopped at the 
many discount stores in the area. In the 
evening, Jack and Connie Kineavy had a 
lovely cocktail party in their condo at the top 
of the mountain. Connie had prepared 
stuffed quahoags and some delicious dips. 
Jack and Mary Lou McCarthy made the trip 
as did Paul and Louise Ryder, Eve and Dave 
Carey, Bill Cornyn, Barbara Tracy, and 
Audrey Keenan. The last night we had a 
great dinner at White Mountain Inn in 
North Conway. All in all it was a wonderful 
two days and we thank Jack and Connie 
Kineavy for arranging and hosting the affair. 
The one sad note was that this happened 
on September 11 - that day of infamy. 
Fortunately none of our classmates were 
involved as far as I know. God bless 

America. • On September 28 we went to a 

brunch honoring the members of the 
Joseph Coolidge Shaw Society in Gasson 
Hall. It was good to see for the first time 
since their spouses' deaths Mary Louise 
Seaver and Kay Campbell. Charlie Early sur- 
prised us with his wife, Marie, recovering 
from a stroke. Dave and Clair Herr, Jack and 
Mary Lou McCarthy, Joe and Mary Figurito, 
and Joe Harrington also enjoyed the brunch. 
Following the reception we had a lecture on 
the history of the Borghese Gallery in Rome. 
The next event was Veterans Day at BC, 
sponsored by the Alumni Association and 
the army reserve officer training corps. We 
had Mass at St. Ignatius Church with Fr. 
William Mclnnes presiding. It was a very 
spiritual and emotional event with the post- 
ing of colors by the color guard and the 
singing of "America the Beautiful." The 
names of the alumni who gave their lives in 
World War I, II, Korea, and Vietnam were 
read by Michael Ryan, associate dean. 
Following the reading, taps was played. The 
closing song was "God Bless America." A 
very touching ceremony. Following the Mass 
we had a cookout on the RecPlex. Tom and 
Mary Maran made it all the way from TX. 
John Larivee and Doug MacGillvery came 
down from Danvers, and Tom and Clair 
Loft us from Nahant. The Careys and Ryders 
came up from the Cape as did Jack and 
Connie Kineavy. The Hamrocks also showed 
up from NH. Of course the day ended with 
a victory for BC over Pittsburgh. This was a 
very good program, one that I hope will be 
an annual event. • On the medical front, 
Charlie Early had a bad fall and fractured his 
left wrist. Other than that he is okay. All the 
rest of the wounded are making good 


Leo F. Roche, Esq. 
26 Sargent Road 
Winchester, MA 01890 
(781) 729-2340 


Richard J. Fitzgerald 
P.O. Box 171 

North Falmouth, MA 02556 
(508) 563-6168 

Charlie Burns is a retired school principal, 
living in Keene, NH. • Paul Cummings has 
had a career as a professor at Los Angeles 
City College, residing in Sherman Oaks. • 
Word has been received of the death of 
Rolland Doherty on April 1, 2001. He was a 
teacher in the Boston School System. • 
Drop us a line so we can communicate up- 
to-date information. 


Timothy C. Buckley 
46 Woodridge Road 
Wayland, MA 01778 
pacema@pacetemps. com 

Get ready for anniversary time. A Mass will 
be celebrated on June 1 followed by a lunch- 
eon. This will be shared with members of 
the classes of 1942 and 1937. Watch for fur- 
ther information in your mailboxes later this 
spring. • Fr. Mark Carr makes such frequent 
trips to Ireland that he is able to breeze 
through immigration as the holder of an 
Irish passport. • Fr. James Knox can be 
found by vacationers in the Cape Elizabeth 
area in ME, and is associated at St. 
Maximilian at Scarborough. • In the catego- 
ry of "where are they now, no direct corre- 
spondence, but last we heard," Paul Malloy 
is retired from Exxon, living in Egg Harbor 
Township, NJ. • Dick Gibbons has been 
making his home in Haines City, FL. • 

The class of 1948 celebrated its annual 
Mass for the deceased members of the 
class on October io, 2001, at Trinity Chapel 
on the Newton Campus of Boston College, 
followed by a luncheon at Alumni House. 
Mass was concelebrated by Frs. Loscocco, 
Flynn, and Costello. Jim Costello was the 
soloist, and Bill Noonan and Bill Melville 
were the Lectors. Among those in atten- 
dance were John M. Corcoran, Jim Costello, 
Michael DeCesare, Alfred DeVito, Frank 
Donelan, Robert Evoy, Eve Herbert, Kay 
Hart, Marie Morin, Eileen Nee, Eugene 
Nash, Joan O'Neill, William O'Meara, 
Thomas Phair, George Savage, Paul Ryan, 
Paul Riordan, Bernard Travers, Paul Waters, 
and Paul Wilkos. • Three of our classmates 
are recovering from recent illnesses: Bill 
Melville, Frank Perry, and Bill Noonan. Bill 
Noonan recently underwent open heart sur- 
gery. • We are sad to announce the death of 
John E. Corcoran. • Gene and Barbara Nash 
toured the Canadian Rocky Mountains in 
September. • Alfred and Eileen DeVito cele- 
brated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 
Lucia, Italy. • Paul J. Ryan has five children - 
the two oldest boys are BC graduates and 
his only daughter is a doctor in Portland, 
ME. • Irene and Bill Melville are awaiting the 
arrival of their sixteenth grandchild. His 
daughter is the forty-third member of the 
family to attend BC. She was the former 
director of the BC law school fund. • 
Suzanne and Timothy Buckley had dinner 
with Fr. John Flynn in the North End. Father 
lives at Regina Cleri, the retirement home 
for Boston priests. He gave a tour of the 
facility and played his technics keyboard. 
Father is recovering from several medical 
problems. Please keep him in your prayers. 
• Jim Ward provided a recent update of his 
activities. After college he worked with Bill 
Noonan at Burroughs Corporation. He and 
his wife Audrey, a British Bride of 1945, cele- 
brated their fifty-sixth wedding anniversary 
by returning to England to visit relatives. 
They have three children and four grandchil- 
dren. Audrey suffered a stroke in 1999 with 
full recovery. Jim also went through open 
heart surgery. He wants to say hello to fel- 
low classmates Tom Spencer, Mike 
DeCesare, Bill Noonan, Bill Melville, Bill 
Palladino, and Cornelius Sullivan and offers 
prayers for his deceased classmates Tom 
Carroll, Joe Herbert, Frank Crosby, and J 

Charlie McCready. • Paul Riordan has not 

been on our mailing list since our fiftieth. 
He called and from now on will be included. 

is well. His hip has mended. Great hip 
bad game! 


William H. Flaherty, Jr. 
44 Concord Road 
Billerica, MA 01821 
(978) 670-1449 


John A. Dewire 
15 Chester Street, #37 
Cambridge, MA 02140 
(617) 876-1461 

It was in the middle of the parking lot just 
outside the football stadium several 
Saturdays back where Joe Quinn informed 
me of the passing of Jim Fitzgerald, a leg- 
end of the class of 1949. He was a member 
of our National Collegiate Hockey 
Championship Team (along with Joe him- 
self). That team, the only one we had until 
last season, defeated Dartmouth 4-3. Jim 
had a special place in the Class of 1949. 
Married to Barbara Casey, Jim had four chil- 
dren and several grandchildren. He was one 
of the founders of the Pike's Peak Club of 
BC. Education was his chosen field and he 
worked in the Cambridge School 
Department for thirty-nine years as a math 
teacher and assistant principal, retiring in 
1989. Jim coached freshman hockey at BC 
for his beloved Coach "Snooks" Kelly for 
two years before becoming the varsity hock- 
ey coach at Cambridge Latin. Jim never 
missed a BC hockey game. He was a mem- 
ber of the board of directors of the Pike's 
Peak Hockey Club. Along with Bernie Burke 
'50-and Ed "Butch" Songin '50, Jim is in the 
BC Hall of Fame. Jim was quoted as saying 
the championship game was so clean he 
never got checked even once in the whole 
tournament. Well, Jim has received his last 
turn on the ice and we will miss him. Our 
deepest sorrows to Barbara and his family. • 
In perusing BC's Annual Report of 2001, I 
find that BC placed thirty-eighth in the US 
News and World Report's annual ranking of 
228 national universities. A total of 3,384 
bachelor's and graduate degrees were con- 
ferred at the University's 125th commence- 
ment exercises. The University received 
19,059 applications for 2,200 places in the 
class of 2005 and eighty-three percent of 
those admitted had combined SAT scores of 
1,200 or higher, the highest percentage in 
University history. While I am delighted with 
the success, why do I have the feeling that 
the University is passing me by? Maybe the 
feeling is mine alone. All those buildings, all 
those students. Our class was the first to 
raise over a million dollars for its gift for the 
fiftieth anniversary gift. The money now 
raised is so far above that figure. • 
Witnessed the victory over Notre Dame sit- 
ting with John and Mary Hickey. Just 
returned from the BC/Syracuse game. Nice 
trip - bad game! My granddaughter Emily 
Cosentino from Wakefield, I hate to admit 
this, is a freshman at the school. She is in 
the marching band on tuba. Great band - 
bad game! The Carrier Dome is in the mid- 
dle of the campus. Great dome - bad game! 
The class may have a mass and luncheon in 
the spring. I think we are ready for it. Great 
class, bad game! Hank Barry checked in. All 

The following classmates attended the post- 
game reception on October 20, 2001, after 
the BC vs. Pittsburgh football game: Louis 
H. Arbeene, Edward Brady, Richard F. 
Burke, Frank Carr, John B. Casey, Joseph F. 
Casey, Gerald M. Coakley, James P. 
Connelly, John A. Dewire, Francis M. Doran, 
Brendan Fleming, Robert M. Gleason, 
Dorothy Harwood, Robert P. Heavey, 
William Horrigan, William C. Logue, Rose 
Marie Murphy, Robert O'Connell, George T. 
Padula, Edward P. O'Connor, Edward M. 
Quincy, John D. Sullivan, Alfred J. Tighe, Jr., 
and William P. Toland. • Patrick F. 
McDonough passed away on June 20, 2001, 
at the Spear Hospital in Plymouth, NH. He 
immigrated to the United States with his 
family from Gonnemarr, Ireland, in 1928. He 
graduated from Boston English High School 
in 1942. Mr McDonough graduated from 
Boston University Law School in 1955. Pat 
was elected to the nine-member Boston City 
Council in 1955, as well. In 1963, he ran for 
mayor of Boston and he was defeated in his 
attempt to oust Mayor John Collins. He 
returned to the City Council in 1965 and 
served six additional terms. As a member of 
the Boston City Council, Mr. McDonough 
worked alongside Boston mayors-to-be 
Collins and Ray Flynn. He was Boston City 
Council president in 1958, 1961, 1973, and 
1981. Mr. McDonough's political career on 
the Council spanned the John Hynes admin- 
istration through the Kevin White 
administration. His career also paralleled 
the transformation of the old Boston with 
the construction of the new Boston skyline 
and the redevelopment of Faneuil Hall. He 
served as assistant city clerk in 1991. He 
retired in 1995. He is survived by his wife 
Mary, two daughters and five sons, and sev- 
enteen grandchildren. • Robert J. Frazer 
died in January 2000. Paul A. Gillis passed 
away in May 2001. Louis A. Maggio died 
on April 25, 2001. Lawrence E. Spellman, 
Esq., died at his home in Bow, NH, on June 
29, 2000. He was an owner of Ransmeier 
and Spellman Professional Corporation of 
Concord, NH. Al DeCastro passed away in 
August of 2001. To the families of these 
classmates, the class extends our deepest 



Ann Fulton Cote 
n Prospect Street 
Winchester, MA 01890 

we shall miss him. Join me in assuring Mary 
Lou of our prayers for John, for her, their 
son, and two daughters. We extend our sym- 
pathy and prayers to Barbara Gould Henry 
'53 on the death of her son, Courtney, 32, in 
August. Courtney graduated from Roxbury 
Latin, Harvard College, magna cum laude, 
and received a master's degree from 
Syracuse. He is survived by his parents and 
two brothers. • We attended a spectacular 
seventieth birthday party for Sarah Lee 
Whelan McSweeney '53 at the Quincy Bay 
Marina in October. She was completely sur- 
prised by the event, which her four children 
organized so beautifully. The weather was 
gorgeous. We were treated to a sunset 
across Boston Harbor. • I have the exquisite 
joy of announcing the birth of our first 
grandchild, Eliza Fulton Cote. She is the 
daughter of Tin and Mark Cote of Hot 
Springs, VA, where I will go as often as I 
possibly can. Send news! 


Robert L Sullivan 
78 Phillips Brook Road 
Westwood, MA 02090 
(781) 126-^980 

Sadly, I must report the death of John 
Natoli, husband of Mary Lou Julian '50. A 
BC alumnus, John added infectious humor 
to Newton College alumnae gatherings, and 

I don't know whether you noticed that our 
classmate Robert Alence received the 2001 
Alumni Achievement Award for Religion. 
Congratulations Bob ! Also it should be 
noted that Daniel Kearns is the chair of 
urban development and leadership in the 
Lynch School of Education named for him. I 
received a note from John F. Holland, hav- 
ing mentioned the other John Holland in an 
earlier issue. John F. is alive and well, 
retired and traveling, and still living in 
Atlanta, GA, where he's been since 1978. Al 
Freedman dropped a nice note to Jack Casey 
and spoke of attending the service that Fr. 
Leahy presided over for the relatives and 
friends of the BC victims of the September 

II tragedy. • We've lost some more class- 
mates since our last report. Notable among 
them was Dr. Thomas Durant. Tom, a physi- 
cian and assistant director of the 
Massachusetts General Hospital, devoted 
much of his life to easing the misery of 
tens of thousands of sick and dying 
refugees in squalid, disease-infested camps 
at trouble spots on four continents. There's 
a magnificent obituary of Tom Durant in the 
October 31, 2001, edition of the Boston 
Globe that you can access on the Internet at Daniel R. Shaughnessy, 
an accounting major with me, passed away 
on October 28, 2001. Dan had an extensive 
career starting with Montgomery Ward and 
then moving to executive vice president and 
CFO of the Howard Johnson Company. 
Subsequently, he became president of 
Motel Six and ended his career by establish- 
ing Allstar Inns, a west coast motel chain. 

_A Daniel R. Shaughnessy '51 Scholarship 
fund has been established at Boston 
College in his memory. Robert J. Mitchell of 
Burlington, MA, a 1951 economics major, 
passed away on November n, 2001. Francis 
G. Bane dropped me a note recently to 



advise of the death of Francis X. 
Quinn who was our class correspondent for 
a number of years. Frank Quinn, originally 
from Dedham, MA, lived in Rockville, MD, 
and had a highly successful law practice in 
Washington, DC. During this past summer, 
we also lost Larry Cronin, Daniel Mullally, 
Eugene Tangney, and John Tripp. May these 
and the souls of all our other departed 
classmates rest in peace. 


Edward L Englert,Jr., Esq. 
128 Colberg Avenue 
Roslindale, MA 02131 
(617) 323-1500 

M A Y 1 7 • 19 • 2002 

r Our fiftieth got off to a 
great start on October 

13 when 160 gathered for the memorial 
Mass at St. Mary's Chapel. The Mass was 
celebrated by Fr. Tom Murray and concele- 
brants Fr. Hugh O'Regan, Msgr. Peter 
Martocchio, Fr. John Mclntyre, Fr. Robert 
McAuliffe, and Fr. Lawrence Murphy. Roger 
Connor, Frank McDermott, Art Powell, Fred 
Meagher, and Jim Callahan assisted with the 
readings. Afterward, we went to the Tower 
Building (Gasson Hall) for a hearty meal 
and an evening of socializing. The new offi- 
cers for the class were announced and 
Roger will be our next president, Art Powell 
and Jim Callahan will be vice presidents, 
and Al Sexton will be treasurer. Many thanks 
to Frank McDermott, who served the past 
four years as our president, and who has 
worked diligently for eight years as a class 
officer. The class enjoyed the reunion and 
many new faces were seen. The chapel was 
filled to capacity and some had to stand, 
truly a manifestation of faith and spirit of 
'52. Fr. O'Regan deeply appreciated the gen- 
erous collection taken at the Mass for the 
pro-life cause in the Archdiocese. Fr. Monan 
took time out from his busy schedule to 
speak to us at dinner and it was a pleasure 
to see him once again. Due to space limita- 
tions in this publication, I cannot list all the 
names of those who attended. • Received a 
note from Bill Bond who is retired and living 
in Bonita Springs, FL. He and Elaine are 
busy playing golf frequently and Bill does 
freelance writing for several magazines 
when he is not tutoring immigrant workers, 
mainly Hispanic, in English. In the last col- 
umn, some names were inadvertently omit- 
ted or evaporated after being mailed, rela- 
tive to those attending the St. Patrick's Day 
celebration in Naples. They were Bernie 
O'Sullivan, John Paul Sullivan, Bill Walsh, 
Fred Tarpey, Jim Callahan, Al Cassassa, Tom 
Cummiskey, Frank Torpey, Diane Delmonte, 
Joan Ciroux, Dan McElaney, Dick 
McLaughlin, Bill Newell, Charlie Carroll, 
Barry Driscoll, and Paul Reardon The trip to 
Ireland in September was a real treat and 
thoroughly enjoyed by all. The weather was 
great and the food and scenery were excel- 
lent. Enjoying the trip were Lex Blood, Jim 
Callahan, Steve Casey, Roger Connor, Lois 

Doyle, Arthur Farley, Jim Kenneally, Jack 
Leary, Jim Leonard, Doris Marr, Frank 
McDermott, Jim Mulrooney, Larry Murren, 

Bill Newell, Bill Noble, Art Powell, and Bill 
Walsh. • Received "greetings" from Dick 
Bangs, John O'Connor, who is enjoying his 
five grandchildren in retirement, Walter 
McDonough, Charlie Sheehan, Archie 
Walsh, Jerry Dacey, and Al Perrault. • Jim 
Corbett has moved to Buzzards Bay and is 
an American Express financial advisor. • Dr. 
Kirwin MacMillan is semi-retired, has seven- 
teen grandchildren, and enjoys golfing, sail- 
ing, skiing, and traveling. Who wouldn't? • 
Dave Murphy is in Pittsfield and travels to 
Naples and elsewhere to visit his grandchil- 
dren. • Heard from Ed Gaudette in NJ, Tim 
Ring in Manchester, NH, who is now 
retired, Larry Vachon in PA, Paul Reardon in 
Trenton, NJ, Eric Johnson in CA, Charlie 
Sherman in FL, and Bob O'Brien in CT. 
From the Cape we received "hellos" from 
Paul Woods, Jay Hughes, George Gallant, 
Larry Murphy, Paul Smith and Fr. Tom 
Murray. Greetings were also received from 
Joe Muscato, Bob Jingozian, Joe Shay, Joe 
Ottaviano, Art Powell, Bill Newell, Bernie 
Dwyer, John Kennedy, Paul Flynn, Paul 
Nolan, Joe Ippolito, Paul Donellon, John 
Kellaher, Pat Chard O'Neill, Ed Goulart and 
Jim Kenneally. • Msgr. Peter Martocchio is 
now senior priest in residence at St. 
Jerome's in Weymouth. • Jim Leonard made 
his thirty-ninth trip to Ireland recently. • 
John Paul Sullivan is in his ninth year of 
retirement from the MA Superior Court 
bench and is practicing law in Boston 
(Mintz Levin). Other "hellos" from Tom 
McElroy, Matt Towle, Frank McDermott, Joe 
Fagan, Fr. John Mclntyre, who is residing at 
St. Mary's Hall, Charlie Hanafin, John 
Parker Sullivan, Frank Doyle, who has 
eleven children and fifteen grandchildren, 
Tom O'Keefe, Bob Barry, Herb Emilson, and 
Larry Durkee. • Fred Tarpey was among the 
faithful who journeyed to Stanford for the 
game and then visited Napa Valley. • Sorry 
to report the deaths of six classmates: Frank 
"Bud" Torpey was an FBI agent for fifteen 
years before accepting a position as director 
of security with the National Hockey 
League. He was born in West Roxbury and 
lived in W. Nyack, NY, and leaves his wife, 
Mary, and two daughters and two sons. 
Loretta Ruggiero, who died in August, 2000. 
Alan Deerfield, who passed away in Florida 
in April, 2001. Paul McDevitt, who died in 
June, 2001. He retired as assistant superin- 
tendent of the Mamaroneck, NY, school sys- 
tem, and moved to Hilton Head Island, SC. 
He leaves his wife, Lee, six sons, and ten 
grandchildren. Frank Dooley, Esq., who lived 
in West Harwich, passed away in November. 
Frank was a past president of our class and 
was one of '52's most faithful followers. He 
leaves his wife, Jeanne, and two children, 
Stephanie and Frank. Bill Falvey died in 
November and lived in Southington, CT. As 
classmates, Frank and Bill were officers in 
the Fulton Debating Society, being the presi- 
dent and vice president respectively. 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Roger Connor is 
running for director, greater than ten years. 

Pops on the Heights 2002 

io tn Anniversary 
September 27, 2002 
Tickets on sale now 

Call 1-800-767-5591 
for more information. 


Robert W. Kelly 
586 White Cliffs Drive 
Plymouth, MA 02360 
(508) 888-3550 

As a class, we wish to extend our sympathy 
and prayers to any and all in the BC com- 
munity who suffered any loss as a result of 
the September 11 terrorist attacks. • Our 
great football fans went to great distances 
this year to root for our Eagles. The Austin 
Smiths traveled to Stanford and several 
attended the BC vs Navy game with the BC 
Club of Cape Cod: The McSweeneys, 
Farleys, Coughlins, Duggans, Driscols, 
Livingstons, and Roger Perfetti. • We also 
noted that we have a couple of TV stars: Fr. 
Larry Drennan is appearing on Channel 68 
at 9:30 a.m. occasionally to say Mass for the 
shut-ins, and Sherm Saltmash, as commis- 
sioner of regional airports, appeared on 
Channel 2, the 7 p.m. news program, after 
September 11 to comment on the security 
and safety at a surprisingly large number of 
regional airports around the state. • A small- 
er group of '53ers attended the fall golf tour- 
nament run by the BC Club of Cape Cod: 
Bob Sullivan (prize), Joe Hasford, J. Raftery, 
and Gerry McLaughlin all played well. Glad 
to see that Gerry's back in action. • George 
Kieswetter has eagerly assumed responsibil- 
ity for creating a class Web site for all our 
techies to receive information about our 
fiftieth anniversary events. We will let you 
know more when it is up and running. • By 
the time you read these notes our ten-day 
class trip to London, Paris, and more, from 
September 25, 2002, to October 4, 2002, 
will have been announced, and possibly a 
second notice concerning price and insur- 
ance, etc., will have been sent. • Can you 
believe the football season is almost over, 
and as for the games played, weren't they 
exciting. Especially beating Notre Dame - or 
is it "Our Lady's University" - sometimes I 
get it confused with that football factory - 
without football, who'd know about Notre 
Dame - I'm glad that our Boston College is 
such a well-rounded academic institution - 
'nuff said, "Go BC!" Met up with Sal and 

Eleanor Venezia at the Pittsburgh game. 
Both were decked out in the maroon and 
gold. Saw Joe Tower, but he didn't see me. 
There were a gang of '53ers at the BC Club 
of Cape Cod All Soul's Mass, and all were 
looking great: Paul and Maryanne Coughlin, 
Austin and Barbara Smith, Ralph and 
Margaret Murphy, Jim and Mary Livingston, 
Bob and Peg Sullivan, Gerry McLaughlin, 
Matt and Marie Flaherty, Paul O'Loughlin, 
Dick and Mary Farley. Dick was just elected 
to the board of the club. He'll do a great 
job. • At the Mass on All Soul's Day, the 
name of classmate Edward (Buddy) Condon 
of Sandwich was announced as having 
passed away. Also another classmate was 
brought to my attention by Ken and Barbara 
Cowan, that of Larry Geisler. Most of us will 
remember Larry, who was about twenty 
years older than us, who came to BC after 
being a major in the Army for some years 
and a careerman in the hotel business. Our 
memories and prayers follow our departed 
classmates and their families they left 
behind. • President Paul asked me to 
remind all those out there about class dues. 
Your $25 dues helps us greatly; thanks if you 
paid and if not there is still time. Please 
send them to Alumni House for the atten- 
tion of "The Class of '53." 


David F. Pierre 

PO Box 72 

Prides Crossing, MA 01965 

(97fy 927-1149 

Jane Sullivan, wife of our late classmate 
John. Kel, for the number of years has 
returned to his "roots" each summer for a 
visit with his sister Marge, and welcomes a 
chance to reminisce with friends and a 
return to the College to remark at its 
growth. The nephew of hockey coach 
"Snooks" Kelley, Kel includes an annual visit 
to the ice rink and look at the memorial 
plaque to "Uncle Snooks," a tribute for 
which he is grateful. Since his retirement 
from Novelle Enterprises, Ltd., he has 
toured throughout Southeast Asia and 
Japan, but places his yearly return to Boston 
among the top of his travel list. •' On a sad 
note, we have learned of the passing of Jerry 
Monaghan, who was a very popular class- 
mate. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, and 
four children. Jerry served in the Army and 
was a member of the BC Club of Cape Cod. 
Steven J. Conway, former resident of 
London, England, died on Tuesday July, 24, 
2001, in Kansas City, KS, after a brief illness. 
Born in Mt. Kisco, NY, he had lived in 
London for the past six years. He was a 
graduate of Boston College and received his 
MBA at Harvard Business School. He was 
formerly president of the Ivan F. Boesky 
Corporation. Most recently, he was senior 
vice president of Knowlogy, Inc. in Cairo, 
Egypt, and managing director of in London, England. Surviving 
is his wife, Mary Y. Conway, a son, 
Christopher, and a daughter, Kendra, all of 
Kansas City, KS. 

Last November, the class of '54 celebrated 
its memorial Mass. Over fifty-one class- 
mates, wives, and friends were present. This 
was the most successful group to date. 
Among those there were: Tony Pellegrini, 
Tom W. Lane, Ed Smith, Caroline and Bob 
Donovan, Pat and Edward Kodzis, Fran 
DeLuca and Doug MacMillan, Margaret and 
Dan Miley, Joe Skerry, Frank Flannery, Sue 
and Bert Giroux, Ellie and Bert Good, Sue 
Andrews, Ann and John Cummings, Mary 
McCourt, Jody and Frank Bonarrigo, Verna 
and Tom Lane, Jane and Paul McGee, Kathy 
and Peter Nobile, Pat and Bob (Rufus) King, 
Joan and Frank Patchell, Lori and Lou 
Totino, Joan Foohey, Mary and Murray 
Regan, Ray MacPherson, Mary B. Kelley, Bea 
McDevitt, and Aurora and Jack Leydon. The 
Mass was celebrated by Father William 
Mclnnes, and Michelle Abadia accompanied 
soloist Cathy Grein. Francis X. Flannery, who 
was present, is the father of four children, 
three of whom graduated from BC, and one 
from Suffolk. His wife, Mary, passed away in 
1990. He is still working as vice president 
and treasurer of Suffolk University as he has 
for the past twenty-eight years. Jim Kelley's 
annual homecoming (Jim has been a resi- 
dent of Hong Kong for more than three 
decades) was celebrated in August at Bert 
and Sue Giroux's Marshfield summer home. 
The get-together included Bert and Ellie 
Good, Mary Jane and Jim Coughlin, Bob '56 
and Annette and their son, Rob Giroux, and 


Marie J. Kelleher 
12 Tappan Street 
Melrose, MA 02176 
(781) 665-2669 

Griffin is bidding farewell to the Board of 
Health in Dennis. • Sadly, our class did not 
escape the tragedy of September 11. 
Stephanie Coffey Clarke's husband, John, 
had his law office on the eighty-fifth floor of 
2 WTC. Fortunately, John was unharmed but 
six members of his staff of no died in the 
inferno and collapse of the building. 
Stephanie is the director of major gifts for 
the Glimmerglass Opera, the summer pro- 
gram for the New York City Opera Co. In the 
last issue, I mentioned that Stephanie's 
mother had died recently so I know you will 
join me in saying a prayer for her and her 
husband in this difficult time. I had a lovely 
phone call from Ann Shephard. She is now 
living in Medford after spending so many 
years in Maiden. • In September, the alumni 
office received word that Alice Silva had died 
in February of 1999. Alice lived in Pawtucket, 
Rl, and had been in nursing for many years. 
• In the last issue, I asked you to forward 
the names of classmates who have died 
since graduation so that I can be sure we 
have an up-to-date list when we publish the 
names during our golden eagle celebration. 
If you haven't done so, please do. I'm 
adding another request. We are going to 
have to publish a yearbook. I'm thinking of 
the Holly Ball. To help you send things, I 
now have a mailbox in the alumni office. My 
address is I look forward to 
hearing from you with news that is current 
as well as help in gathering information. 
Don't forget Laetare Sunday. You can con- 
tact me if you want tickets. 


Bishop John Kallos had a wonderful trip this 
summer. Back in 1992, Bishop John was 
elected bishop of the diocese of Amorion. 
This was once an illustrious diocese in Asia 
Minor, now Turkey, and Bishop John had 
wanted to visit this area for several years. In 
December of 2000, he learned that an exca- 
vation project was taking place so, since he 
had been invited to go to an ordination and 
consecration in Istanbul, he made arrange- 
ments to visit Amorion, now known as 
Hisarkoy. Quite fortunately, one of the sites 
being excavated was what had been a two- 
story cross dome basilica. While there, 
Bishop John conducted a Trisagion Service 
for the forty-two Martyrs of Amorion. While 
he felt renewed by his visit, he also felt sad 
to view what it was and what it had become. 
Staying with the international theme, I had a 
delightful chat with Coleman Nee one after- 
noon. Coleman spent thirty-five years work- 
ing for the State Department and had post- 
ings in such places as Africa, Poland, and 
France. After leaving the State Department, 
he worked for the United Nations for two 
years and has now joined the ranks of the 
retired in Yarmouthport. • I understand that 
another classmate and resident of the Cape 
Cod area is retiring. Mary Rose McCarthy 


Jane Quigley Hone 
425 Nassau Avenue 
Manhasset, NY 11030 
(516) 627-0973 


Steve Barry 

n Albamont Road 

Winchester, MA 01890 

Reunion, Part 3 (Saturday lunch, Mass, din- 
ner): At lunch I sat with Mary and Jerry 
Sullivan, and Gene and Miriam O'Toole 
Dessureau from Bethesda, MD. The 
Dessureau's house sitter discovered a leak 
in the water heater, and notified a neighbor 
who called their insurance agent and a 
plumber to repair it. After lunch, we were 
free to roam and sit in on talks about cur- 
rent activities. I saw a presentation about 
BC's Web site — — 
where you can register and look up informa- 
tion about classmates, library facilities, fac- 
ulty, athletics, jobs, etc. The BC Museum in 
Devlin Hall (science building) had an exhib- 
it on the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, 
most noted for his painting "The Scream." 
Late in the afternoon, class members Dave 
Gill, SJ, and Don Plocke, SJ, were concele- 
brants at the Alumni Memorial Mass at St. 
Ignatius. Both are on the faculty at BC. I sat 



with Jean and Joe Danieli, Bea and Peter 
Colleary, Leo and Claire Hoban McCormack, 

and Charlie and Jean Lavery Roche. Our class 
held a clambake in a tent directly across the 
street from our building. We ignored Jack 
Burns's challenge to write the names of all 
present without the list. Marie and I were at a 
table with Betty and Norm Duquette, jan and 
George Cartier, Marie and Jim McLaughlin, 
Jan and Dick Day, and Ted Cannon. After 
talking about diet and triglycerides, George 
topped his strawberry shortcake with a huge 
mound of whipped cream, and went back for 
coffee. We will not reveal who took a large 
spoonful of the whipped cream, sat back to 
enjoy it, then realized in horror that George 
had witnessed the crime. • Pat and Bob 
Austin of Naples, FL, and Bass River are 
retired: he from Raytheon after thirty-three 
years and she from United Airlines. Barbara 
and Paul Sullivan of Stuart, FL, and Sagamore 
Beach, MA: Paul retired after thirty-seven 
years with Ford. Dottie and Joe Reagan, 
Saratoge, CA, enjoyed the Pops with Kathy 
and Leo Power and the clambake with 
Kathleen Donovan Goudie. Joe retired from 
Lockheed Martin and consults for the naval 
studies board in Washington, DC. Judy and 
Charlie Laverty celebrated their thirty-eighth 
anniversary. They travel extensively, and 
Charlie is on several bank boards and busi- 
ness and civic committees. • In October, Jim 
Brosnahan received the Samuel E. Gates 
award from the American College of Trial 
Lawyers for significant contributions toward 
improving the litigation process. • Brian 
Concannon's son, Brian Jr., was instrumental 
in convicting fifty-three of fifty-nine partici- 
pants in a massacre in Haiti. • We have had 
two class-related deaths. Jack Burns's 
daughter died in September. Her funeral was 
one of the largest I have ever been to. The 
second was my sister, Frances Curry, who 
died in November. Her husband was in the 
class of 1942. Please pray for them and their 
families. • We'll be back to regular updates 
next time. Thanks to all who keep the news 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Margaret Murphy 
is running for chair elect. 



Patricia Leary Dowling 
39 Woodside Drive 
Milton, MA 02186 
(617) 696-0163 


Francis E. Lynch 

27 Arbutus Lane 

W. Dennis, MA 02670 

Our first forty-fifth 
I m a y 17 - i9- 2002 anniversary event, the 
Hope Photographs exhibit, at the McMullen 
Museum of Art, was held on November 17, 
2001. Co-chairs Paul J. O'Leary and Jim Turley 

did a great job in organizing this reunion 
event. The following classmates were in atten- 
dance: Rev. Tom Ahearn MM, Norma 
Cacciamani, Jim Devlin, Marty Dunn, Ralph 
Ferrera, Mary Lou Hogan, Rev. Gerry Kelly 
MM, Peg Kenney, Paul O'Leary, Anna Mary 
Dooley Stewart, Bob Tiernan, Bill Tobin, Betty 
and Jim Turley, and others I might have 
missed. This event took the place of our earli- 
er planned event that was scheduled for 
October 27 football game BC vs Notre Dame. 
In light of the change of playing time from 
early afternoon to early evening, the class 
board members, had no alternative but to go 
with a substitute event. In summary, it all 
worked out well. • Paul J. O'Leary and Jim 
Turley have been selected as co-chairs for our 
forty-fifth reunion. They have published a 
year-long summary of Reunion activities, 
including a few sponsored by the Alumni 
Association. They included the BC Christmas 
Chorale and BC vs. Georgetown basketball 
game with a post-game Mass, reception, and 
dinner following the game. March 2 heralded 
in a night of entertainment at Paul Mahoney's 
Rocky Ledge in Winchester. The Second 
Helping Dinner will take place at the 600 
Club at Fenway Park on Saturday, April 6. 
Saturday, April 27, will be the BC Arts Festival, 
a day-long event, presented by the BC Arts 
Council. A class golf tournament is scheduled 
for May 16 with a country club site to be 
announced at a later date. Commencement 
weekend, the grand finale will run from Friday 
to Monday, May 17-20, 2002. There will be 
special class mailings to all class members 
covering pertinent details of all these reunion 
events. • Bruno E. Bagnaschi retired from The 
Torrington Co., in CT, after forty-two years of 
service. • Joe Burke and his wife, Brenda, are 
continuing to enjoy life living on Cape Cod. 
Joe tells me that he is enjoying playing many 
of the golf courses on the Cape. • Dick 
Coleman is almost fully retired. Dick plans to 
move south in the near future. Dick, please 
keep in touch! • Bill Cunningham and his 
wife, Joan, had a delightful two-week trip to 
Italy last November. Bill tells me their next 
stop will be London, and the British Isles 
sometime in the near future. • Jim Devlin and 
his wife, Mary, are now grandparents for the 
fourth time. Son Jim and his wife now have 
three boys while daughter Maryellen has one 
daughter. • Margaret M. Flynn's husband, 
Ralph, recently passed the California bar 
exam. They both live in San Mateo, CA. • John 
T. Conway is the new manager of the Dennis 
office of Jack Conway Realtors, better known 
as Conway Country, jack is a look-a-like of the 
founder, John E. Conway, who founded the 
company in 1957. Jack also advises that his 
son Rev. Michael J. Conway, SDB, is the new 
principal of Don Bosco Technical High School 
in Patterson, NJ. Son Tim is the new manager 
of operations for Cape Air. • Margaret J. 
Kenney along with Rev. Stanley J. Bezuszka, 
professor emeritus and director of the 
University's mathematics institute, are among 
the five inaugural members of Teachers of 
Mathematics in the Massachusetts Hall of 
Fame. Peg is the institute's associate director, 

and is leader in improving the teaching of 
mathematics. She has touched thousands of 
individuals, many of whom are now teachers. 
She is proclaimed as an extraordinary teacher 
and a prolific author of innovative problems, 
articles, and textbooks. Congratulations Peg 
for this great distinction, dear board member, 
and loving classmate. • Bill O'Connor writes 
that he and his wife, Tilda, drove over from 
Newport Beach, CA, to see the BC-Colorado 
bowl game. Bill relates that it was a Colorado 
blowout but yet enjoyed the trip to Tucson. • 
Gerard J. Hooley traveled extensively last year 
touring Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Last 
June he took a cruise to Norway, Sweden, 
Finland, Russia, and other ports of call. 
Gerry's son, Michael, recently was married, 
while his daughter, Luann, is a GS-14 with the 
US Custom Service in Washington, DC. • Paul 
McAdams and his wife, Gayle, are building a 
new home in Chatham. They are replacing 
their 150-year-old home after using it for the 
last twenty-five years. • Edward J. Hines 
retired nearly two years ago. He and his wife, 
Anne, now live in Harwichport on the Cape, 
and winter in Naples, FL. • Kathleen A. 
Bresnahan reports that she has not been well 
of late. Kathleen can be reached at P.O. Box 
223, North Eastham, MA 02651, telephone 
(508) 255-3843. • Andrew F. Picariello now 
lives in Marston Mills on the Cape. He is 
keeping busy managing some commercial 
real estate properties, traveling, and partici- 
pating in vintage sports car racing. He also 
was blessed with his first grandson last 
August. • Nancy Fidelle Miller Wilberg was 
recently married last September. She has 
been living in CA since 1957. I hope, Nancy, 
that you and your husband can make our big 
reunion in May 2002. • John T. Twombly is 
director of special education for several 
Alternative # 766 schools on the North Shore 
of Boston. John has five children. Daughter 
Paula Twombly Gray is a graduate of BC. • 
Frank Lynch has been nominated for candida- 
cy for the position of director, graduated more 
than ten years, on the Alumni Association's 
board of directors. I feel very much honored 
in being placed on the ballot, and I hope that 
you will consider my candidacy. Ballots will be 
mailed to all alumni in March 2002. • The 
class Web site is still being worked on, and 
hopefully soon it will become a reality. • The 
class extends its sincere sympathy to the fam- 
ily of William F. Doherty who passed away 
last September. Bill was an award-winning 
legal affairs reporter and editor for the Boston 
Globe, whose courtroom coverage spanned 
four decades. He was also a "Double Eagle." 
Condolences from the class are extended to 
the families of Frederick J. Crosdale, Henry E. 
Bogins, Francis J. Reynolds, Robert G. Rabtoy, 
and Francis P. Dufficy, who all passed away 
over the last year or more. • Reunion class 
dues are $25. If you have not already done so, 
please forward your class dues to Bill Tobin, 
181 Central St., Holliston, MA 01746. Your 
dues contribution will go a long way in fund- 
ing a reunion of a lifetime. Please make this 
forty-fifth reunion a part of your long-range 
plans. Experience and savor the moments 

with those classmates that you have not 
seen since those early days of 1957. Your 
presence can make it a happy and fruitful 
difference! Best wishes for a very healthy 
and happy reunion year. 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Frank Lynch is 
running for director, greater than ten years. 



Marjorie L. McLaughlin 
139 Parker Road 
Needham, MA 02494 
(781) 444-7252 


| MAY 31 - JUNE 2 ■ 2002 | 


David A. Raffertyjr 
2296 Ashton Oaks Lane 101 
Stonebridge City Club 
Naples, FL 34109 

Received an interesting letter from George 
Bishop who reported that he retired from 
his own sales agency about ten years ago 
and that he and his wife, Kathy, purchased 
property in the Pocono region of 
Pennsylvania. They do quite a bit of volun- 
teer work in the community and George just 
completed his second and final term as 
president of the local Lions Club. In addition 
to playing golf four or five times a week, 
George keeps busy touching base with their 
three grandchildren, the latest, Collin 
Edminster, born on August 12 in York, ME. 
When February rolls around, George and 
Kathy are off to St. Simon's Island, GA, to 
live the good life. Nice to hear from you, 
George and I look forward to seeing you at 
our forty-fifth. • "Tank" Meehan, the world 
traveler, reports from Germany that he will 
be attending our forty-fifth and expects a 
more elaborate gift than a beer for traveling 
the farthest to attend. • Paul (Gus) Roach 
was recently appointed vice president of 
sales for the System Sensor Security busi- 
ness unit of Honeywell Security and Fire 
Solutions Group. Paul has been living in 
Hanover for the past thirty years and has 
five children. On a very sad note, Paul 
reports that his nephew, Stephen Roach 
(also nephew of Robert Roach '53), was a 

victim of the September 11 tragedy at the 
World Trade Center. Stephen was a vice 
president and director of Cantor Fitzgerald 
and leaves his wife, Isabel, and three young 
children. Our prayers are with Stephen's 
family. • Bill McGurk has a new permanent 
Canada address: RR#2, Vernon River, PEi 
Canada COA-2EO. • Sincerest condolences 
of the class go out to the families of the fol- 
lowing classmates who recently passed 
away: Francis J. Murray, Bob Shortell, Henry 
Moreschi, husband of Lind Moreschi of 
Alexandria, VA, and Barry J. Waters of 
Harwich. • On a brighter note, Jim Murphy 
was featured on the front page of the 

October 18 issue of the Boston College 
Chronicle. Jim, a novelist and faculty mem- 
ber at BC, reflected on his days as a private 
during the Korean War and his recently pub- 
lished essay "Freedom Village" which 
describes a poignant scene as an American 
POW of the Korean War encounters the 
American flag on his release from captivity 
and how the flag meant coming home, secu- 
rity, and happiness. • Jim Ardini, living in 
Clayton, CA, has retired as the chairman of 
the physics department at Diablo Valley 
College. • Dick Barrett is the assistant vice 
president of Ohio Casualty Insurance in 
Raleigh, NC. • Gael Burns is an artist with 
his company, Logo Graphics in South 
Natick. • Jim Chishom has retired from 
Hewlett Packard and is living in Loveland, 
CO. • John Cody, living in Carlisle, is a stock- 
broker with Tucker Anthony. • Phil Dawson 
is on the City Council in Portland, ME. • Joe 
Hughes, living in Brewster on the Cape, has 
retired from Merrill Lynch. • Paul Lucy, living 
in Kittery Point, ME, is the owner of South 
Management Group in Portsmouth, NH. • 
Arthur Mooney is a broker/trader with 
Morgan Stanley in Boston. • Gerry Mitchell, 
living in Westwood, is the president/owner 
of Northeastern Envelope in Boston. • 
Howie Powers is retired from Merck and 
Company and living in NYC and Edgartown. 
• Bill Russell is a professor at Merrimack 
College. • Dick Simons is now living the 
good life after retiring as the president of 
Northeast Properties in Boston. • Edmund 
Solari, living in Brookline, is an attorney 
practicing in Cambridge. • Again, I solicit 
classmates to send me some news. It is get- 
ting more and more difficult to fill up this 
column with information from 58ers. Don't 
forget your class dues. Send $25 to Jack 
"Mucca" McDevitt, 28 Cedar St., Medford, 
MA 02155. 



Sheila Hurley Canty 
PO Box 386 

North Falmouth, MA 02556 
(508) 754-2744 


Frank Martin 
6 Sawyer Road 
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 



Maryjane Mulvanity Casey 
28 Briarwood Drive 
Taunton, MA 02780 
(508) 823-1188 


Joseph R. Carty 
253 River Street 
Norwell, MA 02061 
jcarty@mindspring. com 

passed away in late October with cancer. 
Condolences to his wife, Jane, and four chil- 
dren. Ed will be sorely missed with his great 
sense of humor, leadership abilities, and 
love of alma mater. Those who got to know 
him realized what a great guy he was. God 
bless. Joe and Donna (Mason) Steinkrauss, 
within the same time frame, lost Joe's broth- 
er, Philip, to cancer. He was recently-retired 
and a triple eagle, having earned his doctor- 
ate from BC in education. He leaves his wife 
and two children. • Rev. Stephen Concannon 
is now the pastor of a new church in 
Harpswell, ME, which is a summer chapel. 
He returns to his normal responsibilities for 
the balance of the year. George St. Pierre of 
that same area in ME said hello. • Rick 
Pierce retired from his position as assistant 
treasurer in Plymouth county and has 
moved to FL as of early November. He will 
spend the summer in Plymouth. Please 
drop a line or email me. 



Patricia McCarthy Dorsey 
53 Clarke Road 
Needham, MA 02492 

Edward Sulesky, who was very instrumental 
in class affairs for the past thirty years, 

I'm going to begin this letter by reminding 
you that it is easy to email me information 
and I would love to hear from those who 
haven't participated to date. These class 
notes are compiled three months prior to 
publication. In the fall issue, written in 
August, I noted that Mary Egan Boland was 
married to the former, long-time congress- 
man, Edward Boland. This fall Ed Boland 
passed away. We send our sincere sympa- 
thies to Mary and their children. • In early 
November, Mickey Mahon MacMillan host- 
ed classmates in this area to a luncheon at 
her new home in Cotuit. Those who were 
able to share in a special afternoon were: 
Brenda Koehler Laundry, Loretta Maguire, 
Julie O'Neil, Elaine Holland Early, Carole 
Ward McNamara, Sheila Gill, Jeanne 
Hanrihan Connelly, Fran Fortin Breau, Gail 
Hannaford Walsh, and I. We missed Sally 
O'Connell Healy and Berenice Hackett 
Davis. They both were headed south to FL 
to enjoy their winter condos. Brenda tells 
us that Ferna Ronci Rourke is still working 
hard running "The Pasta Patch" in Rl. 
Brenda and her friends order takeout fre- 
quently and refer to it as "dinner with 
Ferna." • Good travel news for Loretta 
Maguirel Since our last reunion, Loretta has 
had a kidney transplant. Despite some ups 
and downs, Loretta is thrilled to have been 
able to take two trips to Ireland. • While we 
were enjoying our delicious brunch, Jeanne 
Hanrihan Connelly received a welcome call 
from her daughter, Ann, relating that she 
had passed the bar exam. Jeanne and Ed 
are living on Martha's Vineyard. • Fran and 
Ted Breau have become proud grandparents 
for the first time. Their daughter, Ellen, 
delivered a baby girl, Camille, in May. 
Naturally we all loved seeing the pictures of 
this beautiful new member of their family. • 



In November the Alumni Association 
planned an interesting evening featuring 
Margot Morrell '74, the co-author with 
Stephanie Capparell of Shackleton's Way: 
Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic 
Explorer. Margot was a recent recipient of 
the BC Alumni Achievement Award in arts 
and humanities for this fascinating book on 
Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition. 
The focus is on his outstanding leadership 
skills during this harrowing trip that never 
reached the South Pole. In today's economic 
climate our leaders can face disaster and 
Morrell and Capparell suggest that 
Shackleton can be a great guide to those 
leaders who are willing to risk new ventures 
whether in business or new territories. • 
September n has had a deep impact on all 
Americans. Let us all continue to pray for 
those in the BC and NCSH families who 
have lost a loved one. As Easter approaches, 
may we focus on who and what is important 
in our lives, and live each moment with grat- 
itude for Christ's loving sacrifice for us. 
Happy Easter! 


Robert W. Sullivan, Jr. 
484 Pleasant Street 
Brockton, MA 02303 

to cast your vote for him when the ballot 
arrives in the mail. • Last spring at our forti- 
eth reunion dinner we gave favors in the 
form of prints of a picture of Gasson Hall, 
which were nicely matted and framed. I have 
five additional prints at a cost of $24 each. 
If you would like one please call or write me 
— first come, first served. • Our class's 
annual informal reunion mass and dinner 
will be held April 20, 2002. If you are inter- 
ested in attending please call Peg Collins at 
617-782-9328. Likewise if you would like to 
join us at the annual Laetare Sunday break- 
fast on March 10, 2002, call Peg. • Please 
make every effort to let me hear from you 
especially if you haven't seen your name in 
this column recently. I can't write until 
someone lets me know what's happening. 
God speed to all! 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate John Lane is run- 
ning for secretary. 



Martha Clancy Rudman 
1819 Ladkeside Dr. 
Arlington, TX 76013 

Not long after I wrote the last column for 
our class an event of cataclysmic destruc- 
tion was visited upon our shores by a group 
of evil people who shattered two of the 
world's most prominent buildings and 
ended thousands of innocent lives in an act 
of unprovoked and unmitigated madness. A 
few weeks after the event, but with the 
image of what I had seen on live TV still 
fresh in my memory, I received a phone call 
from Jack McDowell telling me that he and 
his wife Pat had lost their son, John, who 
was working for Sandler, O'Neill in one of 
the upper floors when the terrorists struck. 
John was a 1991 graduate of Fordham and 
by all accounts a wonderful young man with 
a bright future. Some of our classmates 
attended the funeral and have told me of the 
positive and tender eulogies. Jack's admoni- 
tion to people at the funeral and to all of us 
is profound: Don't fail to hug your loved 
ones and tell them you love them because 
you may not get the chance again. A memo- 
rial fund is being established in his name by 
some of his college classmates to benefit 
the high school he attended. Contributions 
may be sent to the Sisters of Mercy High 
School Scholarship Fund, in memory of John 
F. McDowell, c/o John Kanas, Trustee, 
Northfork Bank & Trust, 93 East Montauk 
Highway, Hampton Bays, NY 11946. Let's 
join Jack and Pat in their prayers of remem- 
brance, faith, and hope. • John J. Lane, cur- 
rently a board director of the BC Alumni 
Association, called me recently to enlist our 
help in his effort to become secretary of the 
Association. John's enthusiasm and dedica- 
tion clearly makes him worthy of our confi- 
dence and our votes. Please make it a point 

send you the information. • Don't forget to 
send me a line(s) about what is going on in 
your life. Congratuations to Mary Anne 
Brennan Keyes '62 who is now the eastern 
regional director for the AASH. 


Richard N. Hart, Jr 
5 Amber Road 
Hingham, MA 02043 


MAY 31 - |UNE 2 .2002 

I have enjoyed hearing from many since the 
last issue. If you would like email addresses, 
contact me at You 
can also check out addresses, etc., at the BC 
site: • Nancy Simpson 
Porter writes that she is fighting metastatic 
melanoma. She urges us to be aware of the 
signs of skin cancer. Please keep Nancy in 
your prayers. • Rosie Hanley Cloran said that 
Joyce Laiosa Calderone, Alo Coleman Riley, 
Maryanne MacDonald Barry, Ellen Mahony 
King, Barbara Feeley O'Brien, Nancy Porter, 
Maureen Mahoney Nolan, and Sallie-Ann 
Dow Casey and their husbands had dinner 
together this summer, which gave them the 
opportunity to catch up. • Micky McQueeny 
Matthews's summer home in Weekapaug, 
Rl, is now her year-round home. Her oldest 
son, Ted, was married November 24 in 
Newport. • Mary Sue Flanagan tells us that 
one of her great delights is visiting her 
nieces/nephews and their families. • Ellen 
MacDonald Carbone and Duane find that 
they are able to spend more time at their 
vacation home in ME, much to their delight. 
• The Rudman's fall was busy with the 
arrival of a grandson, Harrison Parker, in 
September, and daughter Michelle's wed- 
ding in November. • Mary Walsh says that 
having grandchildren is definitely the best 
thing she has done. (Bet you will have a lot 
of us in agreement Mary!) • Paula Keene 
Telling and her family are living in VT where 
she teaches. • Our prayers and sympathy are 
extended to Mary Nolan Calise upon the 
death of her mother in September. • There 
will be a retreat at Kenwood/Albany on April 
5/6, in which some 'mates have expressed 
an interest. Contact person is Stephanie 
Kite, who can be reached at 518-465-5222, 
Ext. 208 or She will 

. First of all, many 
j thanks to Fr. Wally 
Blackwood for provid- 
ing some of the information for this column. 
Fr. Wally advises that he has been communi- 
cating with Jack Barclay, the regional direc- 
tor of training for the Marriott Corporation. 
Jack has three children. He has gotten 
together with Sue Greeley Atkinson and her 
husband, Paul Atkinson. Sue teaches in 
Melrose and Paul at Stoneham High School. 
They reside in Melrose. • Bob Crowley 
retired from teaching at Franklin High 
School in June 2000. He and his wife, Kaye, 
reside in Franklin and have three children 
and five grandchildren. • Mary Ann Nally 
Self is dean of instruction at Bakersfield 
College in Bakersfield, CA. She and her hus- 
band Charles reside in Valencia, CA, and 
have two children and two grandchildren. • 
Terry O'Malley resides in Needham and has 
three children and seven grandchildren. • 
Peggy Birmingham Moroney is a human 
resource manager for Maricope County in 
AZ. She lives in Tempe, AZ, with her hus- 
band Rob. • Rev. Bert Oliviera is rector of 
the New Hampshire Cathedral in 
Manchester, NH. Fr. Oliviera is Grail 
O'Connor's pastor. Fr. Blackwood would 
really like to hear from Lynch School of 
Education classmates. His email address is • It was nice to hear 
from Deacon Richard "Monti" Montalto. 
Monti owns and manages an insurance bro- 
kerage agency in Randallstown, MD. He is 
married to Margaret Monast Montalto '61. 
They live in Randallstown and have one 
daughter and two grandchildren. He was 
recently-elected president of his local 
Chamber of Commerce and also serves on 
the boards of the Liberty Assistance Center 
and the Boys Home Society of Baltimore. 
Monti was ordained as a permanent deacon 
in 1987 and serves as a pastoral assistant at 
Holy Family Parish. • Congratulations to Jack 
MacKinnon and his wife, Rosemary '65, on 
the recent marriage of their daughter, 
Maryellen '92, to Timothy McBride. • To 
those in CBA we lost a great professor this 
summer, Fred Zappala '46. Fred was not 
only an outstanding and dedicated teacher, 
but also an outstanding human being. May 
he rest in peace. • Your correspondent, Dick 
Hart, and his wife, Monica, are happy to 
welcome two new grandsons into their fami- 
ly: Michael John, Jr., was born in September 
to son, Michael, and wife, Maryanne, in 
Glen Rock, NJ, and William Asa was born in 
November to son, Richard, and wife, 

Heather, in Coppell, TX. William joins .big 
brother, Richard Nevel Hart, IV, who was 
born in 2000. • Our fortieth reunion is set 
for Friday, May 31, 2002, through Sunday, 
June 2, 2002. • Paul McNamara is chairman 
of the class gift committee. If you would 
like to help with the class gift, Paul can be 
reached at 617-227-8010 or email at Jack MacKinnon is 
chairman of the events committee. If you 
want to help out in this area, Jack can be 
reached at 781-749-6582 or email at My email 
address is at the top of the column. Please 
keep the news coming. 

Pops on the Heights 2002 

io tn Anniversary 
September 27, 2002 
Tickets on sale now 

Call 1-800-767-5591 
for more information. 



Mary Ann Brennan Keyes 
94 Abbott Road 
Wellesley, MA 02481 


MAY 31 - JUNE 2 . 2002 

r My last class news 
notes were written 

before September n, the day that stopped 
America in its tracks. I want to extend my 
belated sympathy to all of you as you contin- 
ue to deal with the overwhelming evil that 
befell our country. I am aware that some of 
our alumnae were impacted in a very per- 
sonal way with the wrenching loss of a fami- 
ly member. To them I especially extend my 
love and prayers. Susan Mulvanity Donlan's 
sister Maryjane Mulvanity Casey '59 lost her 
daughter-in-law, Nellie Heffernan Casey. 
Ellen Mooney Mello '68 lost her son, Chris, 
and Michelle McGarty Madden '57 lost her 
son, Richard. The Sacred Heart family is a 
global one and this was evidenced by the 
many alumni from around the world who 
signed our guestbook on the 
Web site. The outpouring of love, concern, 
and good will was sincere and spontaneous. 
• Anne Morgan O'Connor and her husband 
Jim had a son, Chris, married in Jackson, 
Ml, this past summer. Mary Hallisey 
McNamara, her husband, Paul, and Kathy 
Smith O'Sullivan and her husband, Michael, 
were among the group from the Boston area 
in attendance. Mary and Paul's son, Bernie, 
graduated from Harvard Business School in 
May and was married in Bethlehem, PA, in 
December. Their son, Paul, who graduated 
from BC in '94, just completed his master's 
in journalism in June. • Janet Richmond 
Latour emailed me with an offer to work on 

our reunion. She gets an "A" for just send- 
ing the email. The more help we can get the 
better the reunion will be. From the sounds 
of it, lots of people are planning on being 
here so mark your calendars for May 31 to 
June 2. Janet is retired from her job as prin- 
cipal and loving it. On the ferry to Nova 
Scotia, Janet bumped into Grace Kane Kelly 
who was conducting a tour for senior citi- 
zens. They had a great time catching up 
after so many years. • Edwina Lynch ■ 
McCarthy has once again stepped forward 
and offered to compile our class directory. 
Please email her with your new addresses, 
phone numbers (at least the most recent 
area codes), zip codes (which the post office 
seems to change every couple of years) and 
your email address if you have one. Her 
email address is • I talked to 
Kathy Smith O'Sullivan and she is just as 
full of energy and enthusiasm as ever. She 
continues to co-chair the special ed depart- 
ment at the Diamond Middle School in 
Lexington. She is definitely coming to the 
Reunion and is looking forward to seeing all 
those near and far classmates that I make 
up things about in this column! Kathy's 
daughter Kate is an assistant editor of chil- 
dren's literature at Houghton Mifflin and 
her daughter, Christin O'Sullivan Ledom, is 
the CFO of the Gene Therapy Institute at 
Harvard Medical School. Her daughter Meg 
was working for the Brookings Institute, but 
is now working for the State Department. 
She received a PhD in ethnic conflict from 
Oxford and is now on assignment to Ireland 
and Afghanistan. Surely Newton grads of 
the class of '62 are leading very interesting 
lives like this younger generation, so keep 
me posted so we can read about you! • 
Boston College has in so many ways sup- 
ported our reunions and valued us as 
Newton College alumnae. This year Paul 
McNamara '62, Mary Hallisey McNamara's 
husband, has asked that we join his class- 
mates in presenting a gift in honor of our 
fortieth reunion. The Development Office 
has decided that any gift made by Newton 
College fortieth reunion alumnae would be 
for the continued funding of the Newton 
College Professorship in Western Culture. 
Over the years, so many alumnae have felt 
that our gifts should be designated in ways 
that preserve and define the heritage of 
Newton College of the Sacred Heart. Clearly 
SWC was a program that was not only 
unique to Newton College, but for many was 
symbolic of the academic challenge that was 
our experience at Newton and continues 
today for the students of Boston College. 
See you in May! 


Dianne M. Duffin-Stanley 
6 Hanover Street 
Newbury, MA 01951 
dduffin @ netplace. com 



Marie Craigin Wilson 
rjoi Treasure Lane 
Naples, FL 34102 
(9P) 435-9709 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Delia Flynn is 

running for Newton 


Maureen Gallagher Costello 
42 Doncaster Street 
Roslindale, MA 02131 
(617) 323-4^52 



Priscilla Weinlandt Lamb 
125 Elizabeth Road 
New Rochelle, NY 10804 

September 11, 2001. We were in ME, visiting 
friends, when the phone rang. It was our 
daughter, Alexis, calling from France to tell 
us that two planes had just hit the World 
Trade Center. I yelled "turn on the TV" and" 
we watched in horror, together yet miles 
apart, as the third plane hit the Pentagon. 
As I write this, it is almost three months 
later. Things have definitely changed. The 
armories in NY used to be venues for craft 
fairs. They're now armories again. Your bag 
gets inspected at the opera house, and 
when you leave to drive home, your car gets 
diverted from the vicinity of the Red Cross 
complex. You gaze up at the helicopter over- 
head, and you realize that it's a military heli- 
copter. Things have changed, for NY, for you 
and me, for the country. And I keep remem- 
bering another time when things changed - 
that fateful November day in 1963 when 
things changed and were never the same 
again. That's how I've been feeling, and my 
guess is that most of you share those feel- 
ings. We will always know precisely where 
we were, and what we were doing, when the 
Trade Center was attacked, just as we will 
never forget that time, at Newton, when we 
learned that Kennedy had been shot. I'll 
never forget Alice O'Connor Josephs's com- 
ment to me at the time. She said that she 
knew how upset I was, because I had 
stopped talking. Well, this time, I'd like to 
keep talking - to you. If any of you have any 
comments, stories, or reactions you'd like to 
share during these strange times, I would 
really appreciate hearing from you. This is a 
wonderful opportunity for us all to come 
together and reconnect as classmates, 
friends, and women. You know where I am. 
Please get in touch. 




Patricia McNulty Harte 
6 Everett Ave. 
Winchester, MA 01890 
(781) 729-1187 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate John Criffen is 
running for vice president/president elect. 



Linda Crimmins 
RRi Box 1396 
Stroudsburg, PA 18360 
crimmins@epix. net 

months later and still one can't help but be 
moved by the emotions that were unleashed 
that day. Hopefully, we have all found comfort 
and hope in our Newton beliefs and teach- 
ings. As Connie Lynch Godin prophetically 
put it when she sent her news on September 
5, "I will be there (the fortieth) with bells on, 
God willing." Let's all plan now to be there in 
2005, God willing, and in the meantime, keep 
in touch through this column. 

8. Condolences to his brother Robert, and 
family. Robert writes, "I think his friends will 
remember him for his good heart, his devo- 
tion to his family, and his vibrancy." 


Robert M. Ford 
77 Rocky Hill Road 
Andover, MA 01810 

Since this is the first column since the 
September n tragedy, I want to send out sin- 
cerest sympathies to those whose lives have 
been touched by loss. Indeed, we all lost 
something that day. As a counselor in an ele- 
mentary school only seventy-five miles from 
NYC, I see first hand the havoc it has wrought 
on our nation's children and I grieve for our 
children and our children's children whose 
lives have been forever changed. • After enjoy- 
ing two years of leisure, Rowie Barsa Elenbaas 
volunteered to work in the CIA's 
Counterterrorism division. Immediately after 
September 11, she was working seven days a 
week but is now down to six doing liaison 
work with law enforcement agencies, mainly 
the FBI. All those hours of studying Greek and 
Latin at Newton are coming in handy! • Dottie 
Sforza Calabrese is home safely following a 
safari in Africa. Get that picture of Dottie 
trudging through the jungle dodging swinging 
monkeys and avoiding charging rhinos out of 
your mind. Dottie stayed at the Sabi Sand 
Game Resort, a luxury resort with tennis 
courts, gym, spa services, pool, etc. She did 
go out on two three-hour safaris a day and 
reports that she saw the "big five." I'd guess 
at what they were but I don't want to appear 
foolish. Sounds like a grand adventure! By 
the way, in response to my second poll, Dottie 
reports that her grandson calls her "Grandma 
Dottie." • Connie Lynch Godin responded to 
the youngest child poll. We may have a win- 
ner! Her youngest son, Brian, was born on 
March 20, 1982, and is a sophomore at a 
local junior college near her home in Rl. 
Daughter Danielle is studying for her master's 
in physical therapy at Springfield College, and 
son Colin Kelly attends the University of 
Oregon. Connie's husband Henry is retired 
but she continues to work as a school psy- 
chologist in Central Falls, Rl. She is looking 
forward to retirement in a few years so she 
and Henry can spend more time in their sec- 
ond home in Venice, FL. My son Michael '90 

was married to Leslie Kelly on September 22 
at the top of Vale Mountain in CO. A gor- 
geous showing of golden aspen trees in full 
bloom set against the dark green of ever- 
greens, the reunion of family and friends, and 
the happiness of the occasion provided a wel- 
come respite from the turmoil and chaos that 
followed that day of September 11. It's a few 



Catherine Beyer Hurst 
49 Lincoln Street 
Cambridge, MA 02141 

Most of us are aware of the tragic loss of two 
of our classmates during the terrorist attack 
on the Twin Towers in NYC on September 11, 
2001. The fall issue deadline had passed for 
class correspondents (deadlines are three 
months prior to the mailing of the magazine; 
therefore, it is difficult to be too current with 
class news). • John B. Cahill and John J. 
Doherty were victims of that infamous day 
that changed our world so shockingly. John B. 
Cahill, a senior executive for Xerox 
Corporation, was on United Airlines Flight 175 
when it brought down the south tower. His 
wife, Sharon O'Carroll Cahill is a member of 
the class of 1976. John also leaves two sons, 
Brett and Sean, who are high school students. 
The family resides at Four Aberdeen Road, 
Wellesley, MA 02482. John J. Doherty, a vice 
president at AON Risk Services, was in the 
south tower when it was struck by the plane 
carrying John Cahill. I remember John Doherty 
well from our days at Campion Hall. He was 
quite a character. He was married to Mary 
Birde Doherty, and they have two daughters, 
Barbara and Maureen. The Doherty family 
resides at 43 Beechwood Road, Hartsdale, NY 
10853-1602. • After thirty-five years of mili- 
tary/government service, Bernard A. Gattozzi 
decided to retire on January 3. He and his 
wife, Patricia, plan to get the house ready for 
sale and when sold, move to CO, western 
slope, near Grand Junction, to enjoy some 
serious skiing and other outdoor activities. 
After graduating from BC, he spent nine and a 
half years in the Army (military intelligence), 
with thirty months total service in Vietnam 
(call him "Lucky") and twenty-five and a half 
years in the national security/emergency plan- 
ning area with the headquarters in the 
Department of Justice in Washington, DC. 
Bernard can be contacted at 3456 Briargate 
Court, Fairfax, VA 20033, at ' east unt 'l next 
summer. • The mystery of our missing class 
of 1966 banner has been solved. The where- 
abouts of the banner had been a mystery 
since the twenty-fifth reunion or one of those 
occasions. The banner appeared hanging in 
the foyer of Alumni House during the visiting 
hours in memory of John B. Cahill. It seems it 
had been hanging in Jack's rumpus room for 
quite some time. There it will stay! • One final 
note on the passing of Roger McGrath, who 
died suddenly of a heart attack on November 

Karen Carty O'Toole is a senior business ana- 
lyst at Fidelity in Boston. She writes that she 
is moving toward semi-retirement to spend 
more time with an aging parent and grand- 
children. Karen lists the marriage of her oldest 
son and the births of her four grandchildren 
as the biggest lifestyle changes she's under- 
gone recently. "It's wonderful to embrace new 
members into the family, fulfilling to watch 
your children find happiness with their new 
spouses." • Mary Kay Brincko Peterson is a 
kindergarten teacher in Hartford, CT She 
reports: "Teaching kindergarten in an urban 
school is very hard work physically, emotional- 
ly, and spiritually. However, I can't think of 
anything more rewarding!" Mary Kay and hus- 
band Rod are the parents of Colin (who lives 
with his wife in St. Louis) and Marney (who 
lives with her husband in Baltimore). Rod 
retired in 2000, and is now focused on the 
care of their "aged, sometimes cantankerous" 
parents. • Ros Moore is a psychologist in pri- 
vate practice and director of training at The 
Trauma Center in Allston. She writes that she 
gets to do "supervision, clinical care, teach- 
ing, consultation, mentoring, and administra- 
tion of training programs. It keeps my aging 
mind and heart engaged!" In a note penned 
just before reunion, she wrote: "My son Travis 
will graduate in June from Harvard, and then 
Michael and I will dance around in our freed- 
up space!" • Evelyn Fu Loh and Lawrence are 
living in Bellevue, WA. She writes: "Living in 
Qingdao, China, from 1996-1999 has changed 
me in ways I could not have imagined. 
Although we were both brought up in Chinese 
homes, neither of us was quite ready for what 
occurred during our stay. We have enough 
stories to write a book! But what we came 
away with are the many sweet friendships we 
made with the local Chinese as well as with 
other expatriots. We now have friends around 
the world. In that time, we saw Qingdao 
bloom into a modern city with a new city hall, 
city plaza, high rises, hotels, supermarkets, 
department stores, and a 10K ocean drive 
with parks, amusement park, and a children's 
center. Qingdao literally changed in front of 
our eyes. We were fortunate enough to be 
able to travel within China extensively and 
experienced the multiracial culture and saw 
many historic sites. Our lives have been 
enriched in so many ways." • Joyce LaFazia 
Heimbecker is director of family development 
and clinical services at the Tri-Town 
Community Action Program in Johnston, Rl. 
She writes that her job "has allowed me to 
work within the community, and to support 
families in their efforts toward self-sufficiency. 
I truly enjoy what I do, but I never imagined 1J 

working forty plus hours per week at this 
age!" Joyce and her husband, David, execu- 
tive director of the South Coast Educational 
Collaborative, recently celebrated their sixth 
wedding anniversary. Her oldest daughter 
is an attorney in San Diego; her other three 
children live in Rl, and Joyce has four grand- 
children ranging in age from one to ten. 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Connie Sullivan 

is running for Newton. 


Charles and Mary-Anne Benedict 
84 Rockland Place 

Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464 chas- 


MAY 31 - JUNE 2 . 20 


Congratulations to our 
"Cover Girl," Maggie 
Kelly Hayes, PhD, 
who appeared on the cover of the 
November issue of Advance for Nurses 
because of her involvement in the nationally 
recognized Framingham heart study. Maggie 
continues her leadership role at Boston 
Medical Center as well. • Another classmate 
has succumbed to cancer. Phil Steinkrauss, 
PhD, passed away after losing his fight with 
pancreatic cancer. Phil was a good friend 
and the best man at your correspondent's 
wedding more than thirty-two years ago. 
Phil most recently served as VP for adminis- 
tration at Western Connecticut College. He 
and wife Ginny lived in Bethel, CT, for many 
years where Phil was very active in commu- 
nity and church groups, having served as 
the Supreme Grand Knight for the State of 
Connecticut K of C. Our personal condo- 
lences as well as those of the class of '67 
are extended to Ginny, P.J., and Anna for 
their tragic loss. Please keep Phil and his 
family in your prayers. • We almost lost 
Barry Mawn in the September n attack 
in NYC. Barry heads up the FBI office in 
NYC and came near to losing his life while 
at the WTC as it collapsed. A recent inter- 
view with Barry in the Boston Globe regard- 
ing his actions that day is quite harrowing. • 
At the October Veterans Remembrance we 
were proud to have Mary-Anne Benedict 
(Navy), Helen Purcell (Air Force), Kevin 
Slyne (Marine Corps), and Mike Ryan 
(Army) represent four of the six branches of 
the service represented on the field of 
Alumni Stadium. We are so proud of them 
all, as well as other classmates who have 
served our country. • The plans for our thir- 
ty-fifth reunion are still evolving to some 
degree. By the time you read this we will 
have had two events behind us, one, the 
University Chorale Concert/Alumni House 
open house in early December and the 
reception/hockey game (January n) at 
Conte Forum. The committee has a number 
of other events under consideration but will 
not meet until after these notes have gone 
to press. We have a Laetare Sunday in 
March and Alumni/Reunion weekend on 
May 31 through June 2, 2002. Your input 

and suggestions are always welcome, please 
contact us at the above address or via email 
as we would appreciate your thoughts, espe- 
cially for the weekend we all get together. 
Please forward your dues directly to Leo 
McHugh at 10 Jackson Road, W Medford, 
MA 02149. Checks can be made out to the 
Class of 1967, Boston College. • Also please 
write, phone, or email any news directly to 
us. Looking forward to seeing you! 



M. Adrienne Tan Free 
3627 Great Laurel Lane 
Fairfax, VA 22033 
(703) 709-0896 


MAY 31 - JUNE 2 . 2002 

Class wordsmiths: 
Paula Lyons has 
issued a challenge. 
Listen to the National Public Radio's come- 
dy quiz show based on words, "Says You," 
and see if you are more knowledgeable or 
creative than she, her husband, Arnie 
Reisman, and the other contestants. She 
attests that it's a superb test of an English 
major's education. To learn more about the 
show, which is in its fifth season, and where 
to listen, log on to 
Otherwise, Paula continues as a television 
consumer reporter with WBZ-TV in Boston. 
• A new think tank opened its doors last 
November in Washington, D.C., with Nancy 
Birdsall as president. The Center for Global 
Development sponsors research and public 
and policy group programs focusing on how 
nations with advanced economies affect 
development in poor countries. • Seems 
that retirement isn't slowing Donna Shelton 
down. She recently hosted foreign exchange 
students, and works with a kitchen for the 
homeless as well as the Ronald McDonald 
House; she hopes to do some international 
traveling soon. • Word comes that Susan 
Nunlist Smyth merged her eighteen-year-old 
management consulting business with 
METS, the training and development arm of 
Northern Kentucky University, to serve the 
needs of employers to develop their employ- 
ees. Son Brian lives near Susan in 
Cincinnati with his wife, Jodi, and "grand- 
puppy" Guinness. Her other son, Neal, 
lives in San Francisco. • Denise Hern Wood 
reports that she and Rosemary Farley still 
get together several times a year for food 
and hours of talking. Sounds like they are 
just warming up for our class reunion. In a 
few weeks, classmates will converge from as 
far away as Brazil, some for the first time 
ever or for the first time in many years. • 
Nancy Bray Bottomley is coming back in 
touch after fifteen years living in England. 
She now works for Habitat for Humanity as 
a longterm volunteer in Americus, GA. 
Where will you be? We hope back in Boston 
for the exciting activities that are being 
planned as I write. Watch your mail for the 
details; contact a classmate to come, too. • 
I can't close without mentioning the change 
that has taken place in America since 

September n. I did not hear that anyone in 
the class was directly affected, although sev- 
eral of us live or work in NY or northern VA, 
and a number of us have children or other 
family members working or studying in 
those areas. Others know families or indi- 
viduals who were not as fortunate. Many of 
us have stories that bear repeating when we 
have time together. Meanwhile, let's all 
remember that we are a special group; we 
care for each other, no matter how long it 
has been since we were last in touch. I can 
tell this from the contacts I've had as I work 
on these columns, and from the number of 
you joining in our class prayer network. 
Let's resolve to keep in touch. My contact 
■ points are listed above. I anticipate seeing 
many of you in late May. Shall we be "young 
with all of our might" one more time? 


Judith Anderson Day 
The Brentwood 323 
77500 San Vicente Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90049 

There are saints journeying among us! Frank 
Connell has taken a one-year sabbatical 
from his law partnership with Drinker Biddle 
& Reath, LLP, in Philadelphia to do a year of 
volunteer service with the Jesuit Volunteer 
Corps in Portland, OR. Frank's wife, Ellen, is 
also a Jesuit volunteer this year. In making 
their JVC commitment, Frank and Ellen are 
following the example set by their daughter 
Amy '94, who spent her first year after grad- 
uating from BC as a Jesuit volunteer in 
Spokane, WA. Frank and Ellen are living in 
community with six other Jesuit volunteers, 
ranging in age from twenty-one through sev- 
enty, through August 2002. Frank is working 
at Volunteers of America's residential reha- 
bilitation center for drug addicts and alco- 
holics who are on probation or parole. Ellen 
works at Sisters of the Road Cafe in down- 
town Portland, which serves homeless and 
other marginalized persons. Frank reports 
that this is a long-deferred dream, and that 
his and Ellen's new life is very joyous and 
peaceful so far. Frank and Ellen would love 
to hear from you at • 
We were saddened to learn of the loss of 
our classmate Thomas Mozzer last August 
in Naples, FL. After graduation, Tom served 
in Vietnam and received the Army 
Commendation Medal for Meritorious 
Service. He was employed by the Hartford 
Insurance Group for twenty-seven years. He 
retired in 1996, moved to Naples, and 
began a private investigation business. Tom 
leaves behind his wife, Pauline (Mascaro), 
his mother, brother, and sister. Our prayers 
are with them. • Our family will be vacation- 
ing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, as we visit 
our son Christopher '93 and his family, who 
are living for six idyllic months in Todos 
Santos, in Baja, on the Pacific coast. 
Grandbabies and paradise, a perfect combi- 
nation! Wishing you all a gentle spring! 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 



Candidate Watch: Classmate Christopher "Kip" 
Doran is running for treasurer. 



Kathleen Hastings Miller 
8 Brookline Road 
Scarsdale, NY 70583 
(914) 723-9241 


James R. Littleton 
39 Dale Street 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Doug Carnival's daughter Jenny started as a 
freshman this fall at BC. Doug is a partner in 
the Minneapolis, MN, law firm of McGrann, 
Carnival. Doug's practice is primarily in gov- 
ernment relations and lobbying. Doug resides 
with his family in Saint Paul, MN. • Mark 
Morley was elected co-chief operating officer 
for ONTOS, Inc., a global e-business solution 
and software company. • I am sorry to 
announce the death from cancer of Dr. Bryan 
McSweeney. Bryan, who was an oral surgeon 
in Plymouth, passed away July 30, 2001. Bryan 
was a resident of Scituate. Sympathy goes to 
his family. • It was good to hear from John 
Lohmann who was at work in the Pentagon 
on September 11. John was working in the 
basement on the opposite side from where 
the plane hit the Pentagon. John had to 
immediately evacuate the Pentagon but was 
not hurt. Please take the time to email or 
write me and let me know what is new with 



Mary Cabel Costello 
4507 Swan Lake Drive 
Copley, OH 44321-1167 

Spring greetings! The alumni office notified 
me of the death of Franny Whelan Dixon on 
August 8, 20CH. For nineteen years, she 
taught math at Lincoln Academy in 
Newcastle, ME, and for several years, she 
served as the head of the math department. 
In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening and 
traveling. She was married for thirty years to 
Stephen Dixon, whom she met in kinder- 
garten. I remember the two of them together 
in the dining room. She is survived by her 
husband, two sons, and a daughter. 
Remember them in your prayers. • On a hap- 
pier note, I received a photo of Winnie Loving 
and her new husband, Inglore Westerman, 
"jumping the broom," an African-American 
custom that brings good fortune to a newly 
married couple. Winnie and Inglore live in 
St.Croix, but enjoy traveling. Recently they vis- 
ited Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Iceland. 
• Kathy O'Neil Jodka writes that after twenty- 
nine years in the investment business, she 
retired, but immediately found a volunteer 

"job" at the Mother Caroline Academy in 
Dorchester, a private middle school for inner 
city girls. She serves as the volunteer coordi- 
nator, fundraises, and tutors reading and writ- 
ing. She and her husband, Dick, sold their 
Newton house and now live in a Back Bay 
condo. She keeps in touch with Teddy 
Thompson Helfrich and Sheila Carroll Curtis. 
Teddy is the head of the foreign language 
department at Brockton High School and 
Sheila, after a long career in the business 
world, teaches at a middle school in 
Norwood.* We have another author in our 
class, Margaret Bobalek King. She is currently 
working on a book titled Tadpole Tales, 
Experiences in Journal Writing. It's directed at 
young children who are acquiring pre-reading 
skills. Margaret and her husband, Robert, live 
in East Derry, NH. They have three children, 
Laura, thirty-one, married and attending law 
school in Los Angeles; Michael, twenty-three, 
a teaching fellow at MIT; and Alice, a senior in 
high school. • Sue Davies Maurer emailed me 
reminiscing about how those Newton days 
could continue to be so real to her, after so 
much time. Sue and her husband, Bob, have 
been married for twenty-one years. Between 
the two of them, they have two grown sons. 
Sue has worked for the state of NJ for more 
years than she'd like to admit. Most recently, 
she has been acting commissioner of the NJ 
Department of Corrections. • Pam DeLeo 
Delaney was invited to a White House event 
announcing the Liberty United Web site, 
which lists reputable organizations accepting 
donations for the NYC relief efforts. She felt 
honored to be able to hear President Bush 
speak. Her life has taken on greater meaning. 
She is comforted by the fact that her work 
directly helps the NYPD and its mission. • Jill 
Hendrickson Daly's daughter, Jen, escaped 
the tragedy on September 11 because she was 
late for work at the WTC that day. • Diane 
Palmer Lilly writes that she is married to 
David, lives in Minneapolis, has a daughter, 
Irene, fourteen; a Portuguese water dog 
named Hill ie; and works as a senior VP at 
Wells Fargo. • Two updates: Deborah 
Donovan says she is finally getting that mas- 
ter's in American studies. She commutes 
weekly to Trinity College. Chantal Moreau 
Aramati says her son Justin continues his 
musical career on the clarinet performing at 
Carnegie Hall and Constitution Hall. Adam, 
her junior, is an accomplished trumpet player. 
Chantal enjoys being the director of religious 
education at St. Philip Neri Church in 
Newton. Take care. 

2002 Ballot /Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Susan Gallagher 

is running for secretary. 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Janet Cornelia is 
running for treasurer. 


Norman C. Cavallaro 
c/o North Cove Outfitters 
75 Main Street 
Old Saybrook, CT 06475 



Fran Dubrowski 
3215 Kl ingle Road, NW 
Washingotn, DC 20008 


Robert F. Maguire 
46 Plain Road 
Wayland, MA 01778 

Brian P. Curry of Cockeysville, MD, has been 
nominated as vice president, president elect 
of the Alumni Association. Since our gradua- 
tion Brian and Toni have served BC in many 
capacities. Brian is from a true BC family: 
dad John V. '45, uncle Fr. Pat Kelly '45, broth- 
ers Jack '68 and Mike '74, son Tim '99 and 
nephew MJ 'oi. Tim is currently in Belfast, 
Ireland, earning a master's degree in political 
science and son Chris is with a golf club in 
Maryland. Brian has thirty years invested in 
the insurance field and is vice president of the 
Saint Paul Companies. Our support for Brian 
has been requested and is well deserved. • 
Bob Sartini has retired as the administrative 
director of the Boston University Medical 
Center. In a year of diverse accomplishments 
Bob retired, hiked the Appalachian Trail from 
Georgia to Maine and married Judith Yogman, 
after a thirteen-year engagement. His son 
Jonathan is a chef in Boston and daughter 
Emily is a naturalist in Tucson, AZ. Just finish- 
ing twenty-six years of announcing BC football 
at Alumni Stadium is Tom Burke. In 1976, his 
first game was a win over Texas. Tom only 
missed one game in 1985 when his son was 
rushed to the hospital. Cal Ripken-esque 
numbers! He is also in his sixteenth year of 
public address announcing for the BC 
National Champion hockey team. In his hock- 
ey tenure only four games have been missed 
since 1984. Thanks, for your dedicated serv- 
ice. • Sam Scribner was born and raised in 
Panama City, Panama. In 1999, he sold the 
family furniture business founded in 1951 and 
relocated to Orlando, FL. Along with his 
brother they now have three furniture stores 
in FL. In 1975, he married Cathy who also was 
born and raised in Panama where her dad 
was an engineer with the Canal. They have 
four children, Emma (twenty-five), Sam (twen- 
ty-three), Charles (nineteen), and Mary (thir- 
teen). The Scribner's still have a home in 
Panama with a view of the Canal. Sam was 
hoping to contact Greg Daoust, a CPA in 
Needham and Jim McGuire an attorney in 
Barrows, AK. Sam is at 

2002 Ballot/ Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Brian Curry is run- 
ning for vice president/president-elect and 
Edward Saunders is running for treasurer. 



Ceorgina M. Pardo 
6800 S.W. 67th Street 
S. Miami, FL 33143 
ed.gigi@ worldnet. att. net 

Melissa Robbins, Kate Foley and husbands 
met for dinner in Westerly, Rl, to celebrate 
Melissa and Kate's September birthdays. 
September also marked the anniversary of 
Melissa and Kate's first meeting, which was 
in 1955, when they entered first grade! • 
Chris Moran walked a half-marathon on 
September 30 to raise money for research 
for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute 
(Boston). She would like to walk next 
September in memory of the Newton class 
of '71 women who have died of cancer. If you 
wish to join her, either by walking or making 
a pledge, let me know and I will put you in 
touch with Chris. • Francine Hughes ran into 
Rene Noctigal last summer while visiting a 
good friend at Beaver Lake in NJ. Francine's 
husband Brian surprised her with a trip to 
Big Sur for their twenty-ninth wedding 
anniversary (that's why she missed the 
reunion). Their youngest son is at 
Georgetown, Patrick completed his master's 
in education last May and is teaching fifth 
grade in Milburn, and Kristin is working. • 
Peg Marcotte, Sharon Zailckas Lena, and 
hubbies were supposed to get together over 
the Labor Day holiday. However, Peg's job 
with IBM kept her working through that 
weekend. In her September 4 email, Peg 
commented: "You'd think this stuff is so 
important with the intensity it gets." 
Reading that, I realized how much life has 
changed for all of us since September n: 
Most everyone I know, myself included, 
spends more time with family and friends 
and less at work. Sharon's oldest son, Rich, 
is a general's aid and is stationed in Kuwait. 
Her youngest, Chris, is in his second year of 
medical school. • Madeline Finnerty found 
herself surrounded by BC graduates when 
she attended the wedding of Laura Back '93. 
She has known the bride since she was nine 
years old and was delighted when Laura 
lived her freshman year in Madeline's old 
dorm, Keyes. Turned out that the groom, 
father-in-law, brother-in-law, and about twen- 
ty-three other members of the wedding party 
were BC grads. The priest who married 
them, Fr. Richard McCowan, aprofessor at 
BC, was happy to have a wedding after hav- 
ing said five funerals in the previous two 
weeks for BC alumni who were killed on 
September n. • My husband Ed and I flew 
to Rome for the diaconate ordination of a 
good friend. Thirty-five American men 
attending the North American College in 
Rome were ordained at the main altar at St. 
Peter's Basilica. Ed and I walked all Rome. 
We had private tours of all four Roman 
Basilica's and of the excavations beneath St. 
Peter's. We visited Mater Admirabilis in 
Trinita dei Monti, talked to anyone who 
would put up with our Italian, and ate our 
way through three four-hour banquets and 

countless four-and five-course meals. The 
following week, werented a car and drove 
around Tuscany stopping here and there. It 
was wonderful. I hope to find you and your 
family in good health. Regards. 


Lawrence C. Edgar 

530 5. Barrington Avenue, #110 

Los Angeles, CA 90049 


MAY 31 - JUNE 2 • 2002 

It seems like yester- 
day that we were 
attending the twenty-fifth reunion, but this is 
already my last chance to encourage you to 
attend the thirtieth. I hope to see you on 
May 31 through June 2. • Not only has it 
been quite a season for the Eagles on the 
gridiron, but also it's been likewise for their 
fans here in LA. We've had some of the best 
turnouts I've ever seen at Yankee Doodles 
on the Santa Monica Mall, with an age 
range that has reached twenty-two through 
seventy-eight! • I had a chance to speak to a 
candidate for governor of California, Bill 
Simon Jr. LAW '82, and learned that one of 
his best friends is Roger Egan, managing 
director of Marsh and McLennan, who 
helped organize the firm's memorial service 
for the employees who lost their lives in the 
attacks. • I had a message from life insur- 
ance executive and Hartford resident Dick 
Mucci, who reports that he has two off- 
spring at Holy Cross, a son who's a senior 
and a daughter who's a freshman. • Ernie 
Dubester, who served as an appointee to a 
national mediation board during the Clinton 
years, is now a processor at George Mason 
University in Virginia. • Mark Wincek is a 
charter fellow of the American College of 
Employee Benefits Council. • Jack Calareso 
has been appointed president of Ohio 
Dominican College, making him the first 
layperson ever to be accorded that honor. 



Nancy Brouillard McKenzie, Esq. 
7526 Sebago Road 
Bethesda, MD 20817-4840 


| M AY 31 - JUNE 2 • 2002 | 

Tracie Shea is at 

Brown University as an 
associate professor in 
the department of psychiatry and human 
behavior. Tracie spends a couple of days a 
week at the Veterans Affairs Hospital treat- 
ing veterans with post-traumatic stress dis- 
order (PTSD) and assorted other problems, 
and does research primarily in the areas of 
PTSD, personality disorders, and personali- 
ty and psychopathology. Her best news is 
that she adopted a little girl from Russia in 
March 1998. Her daughter is five years old, 
a delight, lively, tons of fun, and just plain 
adorable. Tracie saw Karen Formichella 
Krowski and Jane Hartley this summer, 
both at Martha's Vineyard. Karen just 


changed from teaching to being a school 
psychologist. She and her husband jack live 
in Canton. Their daughter, Krissy, is in col- 
lege at Northeastern. Jane and her hus- 
band, Ralph Schlosstein, are still in NY. 
They have a daughter, Kate, and a son, 
Jamie. Jane owns her own business, which 
focuses primarily on providing analyses of 
legislative and political issues in different 
countries, and how these may affect busi- 
ness forecasts. • Meg Barres Alonso and 
family are very happy that the recent 
tragedies did not touch them, unlike others 
who live near them outside Philadelphia. 
After Christmas, they will do the tour of col- 
leges with son Mike, who is a high school 
junior. During a recent tour of Princeton, 
Meg had thoughts of Mary Coan and her 
mother's run for mayor. • Lenecia Anderson 
has been in Atlanta for seven years. CBS 
brought her there as south eastern regional 
sales manager for the Spot Sales Division. 
Lenecia, like many ex-New Englanders, has 
grown accustomed to the climate in the 
south: little to no snow. Her heart, though, 
is still in Boston, and she visits her mother 
and sister often and misses the Boston 
Symphony Orchestra. Lenecia enjoys the 
High Museum and Alliance Theatre and is 
on the board of aid of the Children of 
Imprisoned Mothers, a non-profit organiza- 
tion. She also enjoys cooking and garden- 
ing. • Let's keep our fingers crossed that 
Mary Catherine Deibel and Upstairs at the 
Pudding will be ready for our thirtieth 
reunion. Stay tuned. • Norma Tanguay Frye 
was in CA during the tragedy. Nonetheless, 
Norma was able to have dinner and a great 
visit with Maureen Kelly. Back in the 
Boston area, Norma is with Compaq. 
Before that Norma was with Digital as a 
program manager of an employee engage- 
ment program for the Services Division. 
This required that she travel all over the 
world for over a year, including three trips 
to the far east. Now, Norma is doing more 
traditional internal and marketing commu- 
nications. Her daughter, Maggie, is a fresh- 
man at Brandeis University and Brian is a 
freshman in high school (and already 
6'3"!). Bob continues teaching at Regis. 
Norma still sees and talks with Anne 
Brescia regularly. Anne's son Anthony is 
now in first grade and really keeps her hop- 
ping. Finally, Norma plays tennis weekly 
and learned that a new person in her group 
went to Newton and graduated from BC in 
1975. Carolyn Isaak is the executive director 
for the New Hampshire Chapter of the 
American Institute of Architects and still 
does freelance graphic design for selected 
clients. Her daughter, Keely, graduated from 
Oberlin in 1999 and was recently married at 
a private ceremony to Michael McCraken. 
Margie Cangemi Sullivan, Ellen Conway 
Barber, and Kathy Connor visited her house 
last winter for a mini-reunion. Also, the 
summer before this past one, Carolyn 
climbed Mt. Greylock in western MA with 
Kathy and Betsy Leece Conti and had a 
wonderful dinner with Kathy and her par- 


ents. Margie, Ellen, Carolyn, Margie's hus- 
band, Michael Sullivan '72, and Ellen's 
friend, Weld Morse, met in October for din- 
ner in Ellen's town of Duxbury. Carolyn 
reports that all seem well and happy. • The 
news from Kenwood is simply filled with 
energy. If you send me an email, I will send 
you the current reading list of our beloved 
religious. Kenwood has a special home for 
our Newton yearbooks if anyone wants to 
donate them to their library. If you want to 
add to the Kenwood library, the best gift is a 
monetary donation to avoid duplicate pur- 
chases. Take care. My email box loved all the 
mail for this column. 


Joy A. Malone, Esq. 
16 Lewis Street 
Little Falls, NY 13365 

Classmates, it is with the deepest sorrow that 
we must report the tragic death of our class- 
mate, Gary Lasko, on September 11, 2001, 
during the World Trade Center attack. Gary 
worked at One World Trade Center in NY as a 
managing director for Marsh USA. You may 
contact his wife by writing to her at: 326 River 
Oaks Road North, Memphis, TN 38120. Also, 
if any of you have any fond remembrances of 
Gary, then please share them with the class in 
one of these columns. Never, never forget 
that one of our own classmates lost his life on 
that terrible day. To Gary's wife and family, 
please accept the class of '73's most profound 
condolences. We will keep you in our prayers. 
• On March 19 of this year, our classmate 
Msgr. Timothy P. Broglio was ordained an 
archbishop to the Dominican 
Republic and Puerto Rico by Pope John Paul II 
at a ceremony held in St. Peter's Basilica in 
Rome. Previously, Archbishop Broglio was 
chief of staff to the Vatican 
secretary of state. Now he will have a much 
more pastoral position. If any member of the 
class is down in Puerto Rico or the 
Dominican Republic be sure to call 
ahead to make plans to visit with the new 
archbishop. Perhaps the class might consider 
holding its thirtieth reunion in Puerto Rico? 
Well, why not? just 

wanted to remind you all, again, that the new 
alumni Web site, as well as the BC online 
community, is up and running and you can 
access lots of BC features at: Log on and sign up for 
eNews and you will start receiving notices 
about football games and other activities 
involving BC. So go to your computer right 
now, log on, and sign up for eNews from the 
Alumni Association. You'll be glad you did. • 
Camp Dresser and McKee Inc., the global 
consulting, engineering, construction, and 
operations firm headquartered in Cambridge, 
announced earlier this year the promotion of 
our classmate Walter G. Armstrong to senior 
vice president. Previously, Walter was project 
manager for the $3.5 billion Boston Harbor 
Project and named one of the Top 25 
Newsmakers by "Engineering News Record" 

magazine in 1996 because of his achieve- 
ments with the harbor project. After receiving 
his undergraduate degree in economics and 
English from BC, Walter received his master's 
degree in city regional planning from Cornell. 
• Our classmate Dr. John Gallagher, associate 
professor of management at Maryville College 
in Maryville, TN, was named the College's 
Outstanding Teacher for 2000-2001 during 
the college's May 2001 commencement exer- 
cises: "The outstanding teacher award this 
year is presented to professor who is a model 
for students as a community activist, as an 
innovative thinker, and as someone who rec- 
ognizes the importance of building and main- 
taining positive human relationships," said 
Dr. Marti Craig, associate academic dean dur- 

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ing her presentation of the award. John was 
an English major at BC and later earned his 
MBA and doctorate in strategic management 
from the University of Tennessee. Nominated 
by juniors and seniors at Maryville College, 
John was selected from among sixty-four full- 
time faculty members. He received a $1,000 
cash award and has the responsibility of mace 
bearer at academic ceremonies held through- 
out the academic year. Maryville has been 
ranked in the top 10 of U.S. New and World 
Report's listing of the best Southern liberal 
arts colleges. • Classmates, thanks for your 
forwards and emails. Your classmates look 
forward to this column and to hearing from 
you. Until next time! 



Nancy Warburton Desisto 

P.O. Box 142 

W. BoothBay Harbor, ME 04575 

Peggy Beyer wants everyone to know that she 
was not in the Pentagon when it was attacked 
on September 11. She was off site and all of 
her direct co-workers were not injured. She is 
continuing to work for the Pentagon 
Renovation Program. 


Patricia McNabb Evans 
35 Stratton Lane 
Foxboro, MA 02035 

Happy New Year! I hope that 2002 brings us 
all much deserved peace and happiness. A 

couple of weeks after the World Trade Center 
and Pentagon attacks, Jim and I were able to 
go to NY for the extraordinary memorial Mass 
said by members of the BC Jesuit community. 
So many members of the BC community were 
there to pray and show support for each other 
and for those families who lost loved ones; it 
was an incredible experience. The Mass was 
said at beautiful St. Ignatius Loyola in 
Manhattan, which is Len DeLuca's parish, and 
it was so nice to see him. • On to good news: 
I received a note from John Pfeiffer, who, after 
twenty years of residency and then private 
practice in Akron, OH, is now the town family 
physician in Celebration, FL. Celebration is 
famous for being Disney's foray into urban liv- 
ing. Sounds pretty good! • My friend Maureen 
Galvin McCafFerty has returned to the BC 
neighborhood. She is teaching fourth grade 
at Mount Alvernia Academy. • I would love to 
hear from you. Please write or email, and take 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Patricia McNabb Evans is 
running for vice president/president elect, and 
Bill McCarthy is running for chair elect. 



Beth Docktor Nolan 
693 Boston Post Road 
Weston, MA 02492 

I had a most enjoyable time at the Alumni 
Association dinner and presentation of "An 
Evening with Margot Morrell." Margot, an 
international best-selling author, spoke on her 
favorite subjects: Sir Ernest Shackleton, effec- 
tive leadership, and team-building. Margot is 
a great speaker; not only was her talk informa- 
tive and witty, but also it was downright enjoy- 
able! Ergo, Margot has not changed. It was 
also great to catch up and laugh with Sharon 
Byrne Kishida who trekked down from 
Rockport for Margot's talk. Sharon lives in 
Rockport with husband Earl and sons Perry, 
fourteen, and Christian, twelve. Sharon works 
for the Department of Environmental 
Protection as a regional recycling coordinator 
serving thirty communities north of Boston. 
Earl, a financial planner and captain in the US 
Navy Reserves, was recently made command- 
er of the Iceland Defense Force Joint Reserve 
Unit. Please remember as you read these 
notes, the next class notes are due and I still 
have not heard from you! 


Hellas M. Assad 
149 Lincoln Street 
Norwood, MA 02062 

Hello everyone. Thank you to Jack Hamilton 
for sending in his personal update. In 
September of 2001 he accepted the position 
of president and CEO of Medway Cooperative 
Bank, in Medway. The road to this position 

ran through a number of banking corpora- 
tions, including BayBank, Bank of New 
England, Numerica Savings Bank of NH, 
and Bay State Savings Bank in Worcester. 
On a professional level, he has committed a 
great deal of time and energy over the past 
eight years to the promotion of economic 
and affordable housing development among 
minority and low income communities in 
Central MA. As a result of his efforts he has 
received a number of recognitions includ- 
ing. 1995 Community Leader Award, Centro 
Las Americas, Worcester; 1998 Business 
Advisor of the Year, Worcester Minority 
Business Council; 1999 MA Financial 
Services Advocate of the year, US Small Bus. 
Admin; 24th Annual Leadership Award 

2001, National Conference of Community 
and Justice, Worcester. The common thread 
among these honors is his work in opening 
access to banking services, particularly in 
the small business area, to underserved 
communities. He and his wife of eighteen 
years', Trish, live in Chelmsford and will be 
relocating to the Medway area sometime in 

2002. They spend much of their spare time 
raising and showing their Rhodesian 
Ridgeback Hounds Zappa and Chunga. He 
is also involved in the amateur music world, 
and host (as well as try to play in) a couple 
of blues based "guitar jams" in Worcester 
each year. Anyone interested in saying hello 
to John may stop by the Medway Bank any- 
time or drop him an email at Jhamilton@ Please send in your 
updates. We all look forward to hearing 
from you. 



Margaret M. Caputo 
102 West Pine Place 
St. Louis, MO 63108 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Mary Pasciucco 
McCue is running for Newton. 


Gerald B. Shea, Esq. 
10 Rogers St. #501 
Cambridge, MA 02142 

The terrible and cowardly attack of last 
September 11 struck our class and class- 
mates hard. Murdered inside Tower One of 
the World Trade Center was Danielle A. 
Delie. Affectionately known as "Danni," 
Danielle was raised in Astoria, NY, by her 
lovely parents, Amie and Marcel, who sur- 
vive her. This writer met her during fresh- 
man year, and thereafter grew to love her 
and the friendship she provided for twenty- 
nine years. Danni was an excellent forensic 
accountant, and worked for CAPS, a sub- 
sidiary of Marsh USA on the 100th floor, at 
the time of her death. A sad and poignant, 
but ultimately uplifting, memorial Mass was 
held in Astoria on October 27. Among the 

hundreds of mourners were fellow class- 
mates Kathy Murphy, Pola (Papetti)Buckley, 
Judy(Harvey)Hayes, Lois Gannon, Ellen 
Donahue and yours truly. Danni was a bless- 
ing to her parents and to all her friends, and 
she is sorely missed. Requiescat in pace. • 
Edward J. Papa worked in the same building 
on the 95th floor as a vice president for 
Cantor Fitzgerald. Eddie attended 
Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY, 
with this writer and several other BC class- 
mates, and he would often be seen at BC- 
Army games at West Point and, occasionally, 
on The Heights. He loved BC. Always quick 
with a hearty hello, Eddie would then flash a 
truly memorable smile. A fine and very disci- 
plined basketball player in high school, Ed 
exuded a self-confidence and poise through- 
out his shortened life. He married his high 
school sweetheart, Patti, shortly after gradu- 
ating from BC with an English degree, and 
God blessed them with four daughters, 
Michelle, Maggie, Elizabeth, and Kacee. Ed 
missed our twenty-fifth reunion because one 
daughter was graduating from high school, 
but he was there in spirit, and Chris Joyce,' 
Nick Deane and Phil Elum, among other 
chums, fielded multiple inquiries about him. 
Ed's brother, a Catholic priest, married Patti 
and Ed, and presided at a crowded memori- 
al Mass held September 22 on Long Island. 
Requiescat in pace. • Margaret (Lavelle) 
Ogonowski lost her husband, John, a pilot 
of American Airlines flight n, in the terrorist 
attack. Boston-area papers were replete with 
mournful faces at his memorial services. 
Requiescat in pace. • Sharon (O'Carroll) 
Cahill's husband, John B. Cahill '66, was a 
passenger on United Airlines Flight 175, 
which murderously struck the second tower. 
He also leaves two sons, Brett and Sean. 
Requiescat in pace. • When you receive your 
ballot for the Boston College Alumni 
Association board, please vote for Cam 
Murphy-Van Noord, a candidate for director, 
east of the Mississippi. Cam, a resident of 
Clearwater, FL, is a fundraiser for the 
world's largest hospice. Serving more than 
1,400 patients a day, the Hospice of the 
Florida Suncoast in Largo, FL, needs Cam's 
many talents as it strives to raise $32 mil- 
lion. Cam served with distinction on several 
class reunion committees, and her love of 
BC continues as founder of the BC Club of 
Tampa Bay. Good luck, Cam! • Please keep 
all affected classmates and our soldiers, 
sailors, and fliers in your prayers during 
these trying times. As the centurian said: 
"Let them hate us, but let them fear us, 
too." Please keep in touch. You can now 
email to God bless! 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Cam Van Noord 
is running for director, east of Mississippi. 


Mary Jo Mancuso Otto 
256 Woodland Road 
Pittsford, NY 14534 
mottoooi@ rochester. rr. com 

M A Y 17 - 19 • 2002 

After five years as 
office manager of 
Vincent Automotive, 
Mary Jo Mancuso 
Otto left there in March 2001 and accepted 
a position with the downtown Rochester 
office of Morgan Stanley, as administrative 
assistant to the branch manager. • Chinook 
Communications has named Margaret 
Cutler as vice president of human 
resources. She will lead the company's HR 
department and will direct the recruiting of 
talented professionals for the fast-growing 
startup. • The 2,000 member Defense 
Research Institute, the nation's largest asso- 
ciation of civil litigation defense lawyers, has 
named Ft. Lauderdale attorney Douglas M. 
Mcintosh as a recipient of its Outstanding 
State Leadership Award. Douglas Mcintosh 
is president of the law firm Mcintosh, 
Sawran & Peltz, Ft. Lauderdale. • Paul J. 
Mellett has joined Althexis as CFO and vice 
president of administration and finance. 
Prior to this he was an audit partner with 
Deloitte and Touche in its Boston office. • 
Joy Torresyap Oakes has worked as a regis- 
tered nurse in OB at Brigham and Women's 
Hospital since 1982. She also plays the 
trumpet in several bands and runs to stay 
fit. • After twenty-five years of working and 
living in NY, John C. Smith has moved back 
to Boston to assume a new position at 
Marsh, Inc., as head of New England 
Operations. • Timothy Redmond runs a suc- 
cessful consulting business developing tech- 
nology solutions for small and medium size 
businesses. These include Web sites, online 
databases and Internet connections. You 
can contact Tim at Tim@TORAssociates 
.com. • Leo Vercollone, twenty-fifth reunion 
gift chair, writes that the committee has 
impressive goals. He and his dedicated 
group of volunteers are looking to present 
Fr. Leahy with the largest twenty-fifth 
reunion gift ever! They also want our class 
to be the first twenty-fifth reunion to obtain 
50 percent class participation. (The Class of 
1973 holds the record with 47 percent.) They 
need our help. For more information, please 
contact Leo at 781-934-7300. • A note from 
Roland Regan, also a member of our twenty- 
fifth reunion committee: Roland's company 
NAGW has merged with ProMonde.lnc. His 
travels take him to Cuba, NYC, and 
Washington, D.C., on business. Roland still 
teaches part-time at Harvard, Suffolk, and 
SSC. He recently co-authored and published 
his second book entitled From Boston to 
Berlin. Net proceeds from the book will be 
placed in a scholarship fund for graduating 
high school students accepted to BC. 
Roland urges all of his classmates to pledge 
a minimum of $500 each to this year's class 
gift as a symbol of our gratitude to a univer- 
sity which continues "Ever to Excel." • 



Bonnie Vanden-Heuvel Clay writes that she 
and her husband Jeff have been living in SLC, 
UT, for the past eight years. Bonnie is a pedi- 
atric nurse practitioner at Primary Children's 
hospital in SLC. Bonnie and Jeff very much 
enjoy all that SLC offers and would like to see 
anyone coming out there for the Olympics. 
She encourages all the members of the Rat 
Pack and the member s of the 1977 hockey 
team to join us the weekend of May 17 for 
some fun memories and a few cocktails. • As 
a member of the reunion committee, Nancy 
Sardella is looking forward to seeing old 
friends when we gather in May to celebrate. 
She writes this: "I hope to see all my roomies 
from Mod 138. I've just completed six years 
on the North Reading School Committee, 
where I served two years as chair. With four 
children, it was definitely a worthwhile invest- 
ment of time and energy. Last May, I started a 
new job at Tufts University as assistant direc- 
tor of alumni relations so I have a renewed 
appreciation and fondness for Boston College. 
I'm living in North Reading with my children, 
Michael, nineteen and a student at UMass 
Lowell; Meghan, seventeen and a senior at 
NRHS (and whose goal is to be accepted at 
BC for the fall; Marielle, fifteen and a sopho- 
more at NRHS (and an avid hockey player, not 
to mention that she's also a state and 
National Hockey Champion); and Molly, thir- 
teen and an eighth grader (who loves dancing 
and basketball). I would love to hear from old 
friends and can be reached at nancy.sardel-" • On a sad note, William G. 
Minardi of Mount Kisco, NY, died September 
11. William worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on 
the 105th floor of One World Trade Center. 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. 
• Hope to see you all the weekend of May 17! 
Here's "Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Your Twenty- 
Fifth Class Reunion," submitted by Kate 
Daniello and Shawn Larsen, as suggested by 
last year's reunion class: i. Hook-up with a 
college roommate or old BC friends and GO 
(last year's goers said it was the best time 
they've had in twenty years). 2. Leave your 
spouse or partner at home to enjoy a spa/golf 
weekend (she/he doesn't really want to come 
anyway). 3. Party and pretend you're still in 
college! Rev up the old Springsteen tunes. 4. 
Stay in the dorms (it's cheaper, more conven- 
ient, and a great way to continue catching up 
with your classmates). 5. Catch up with every- 
one's what's-it-like-to-be forty-something 
thoughts. 6. Commiserate with "old friends" 
who are as old as you, as out of shape as you 
and as stressed as you! 7. Reacquaint yourself 
with Boston, and discover some fun new 
attractions (trolley and duck tours, Cheer's in 
Faneuil Hall, Museum of Science). 8. Visit the 
bookstore and buy some BC wear to impress 
your friends with where you went to school. 9. 
Tour the BC campus; it's come a long way 
since the Seventies. 10. Use the weekend to 
tour one or more of the outstanding colleges 
in the area with your children. 


Julie Butler Evans 
977 West Road 
New Carman, CT 06840 

Hey! Is this the winter of your content or dis- 
content? (Just a little Shakespeare reference 
for old times sake.) Sign on, clickety-click the 
old mouse, and email me about your life! We 
can use any news. Big, I mean HUGE, con- 
gratulations are in order for R.T. Rybak, who 
was the surprise winner of the Minneapolis 
mayoral election this past November. A politi- 
cal novice, R.T. soundly defeated the two-term 
incumbent mayor. Hail the conquering hero! • 
Gregg Tousignanat is also to be patted on the 
back for his recent installation as the 2001- 
2002 president of the Louisiana CPA Society 
Northeast Chapter. Gregg will serve a one-year 
term as president of the local chapter, having 
previously served as president-elect in 2000- 
2001. He currently sits on the LCPA's 
Computer Education Committee and has been 
a member of the Technology Task Force and 
Business Consulting Committee. Gregg serves 
as the chief financial officer of his family's 
chain of Sonic Drive-In franchises. • Speaking 
of driving, Susan Orlando Liu was more than 
happy to drive away from Chicago and on to 
Washington, D.C., this past fall in a relocation 
brought on by her husband Mike's appoint- 
ment to the office of H.U.D. • Virginia (Ginny) 
Cameli Lawrence emailed that she was in 
search of Stephen Jones, mentioned in this 
column recently. Ginny lives in Arlington, MA, 
with her husband Steve and three children, 
Anthony, seventeen, and identical twin girls, 
Anna and Jackie, fourteen. Ginny owns and 
operates a catering business specializing in 
small gourmet dinner and cocktail parties in 
client's homes. Mmmmm. • Hope all this 
gives the rest of you food for thought about 
popping your news in the mail. My only news 
of note is that I recently became the proud 
mom of a United States Marine. Son Blake, 
eighteen, is a private first class serving in the 
infantry. As of this writing he is still stateside, 
and despite my patriotism, I hope he stays 
stateside for a while. God bless all the rest of 
you and have a good winter! 


Laura Vitagliano 
78 Wareham Street 
Medford, MA 02155 
(781) 396-2972 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Brian Kickham is 
running for chair elect, and Ken Pierce is run- 
ning for director, east of Mississippi. 


Dr. John Carabatsos 
478 Torrey Street 
Brockton, MA 02301 

our class notes. Thanks to all who sent me 
emails. Keep them coming. Congratulations 
to Alica Lewis on being selected as one of 
Greenwich's (CT) Distinguished Teachers in 
2001. Alica and her husband live with their 
three-year-old son in Old Greenwich, CT. She 
has been teaching for fifteen years. • I am sad 
to report the passing of Ralphine Humphrey. 
She was the night charge nurse in the CCU at 
Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. 
She leaves a husband and three children. • It 
was great to hear from Dennis Markell. He 
lives in Bedford, NH, with his wife and two 
daughters. After twenty years with The 
Travelers Insurance and United Healthcare, he 
recently joined The Sadler Agency in Nashua, 
NH. He is proud to report that his older 
daughter, Jennifer, is the lead flute player in 
her school band and his youngest, Amanda, 
was awarded the Presidential Scholar Award 
last year. He is praying for scholarships. He is 
the president of the Rotary Club and has 
taught CCD for eight years. He enjoys sailing 
with his family and dabbles in politics. He 
invites any classmates to join him for some 
"meet and greet" house parties during the 
next Republican primary season. He would 
like to hear from any classmates, especially 
his baseball teammates, at dmarkell@ • Enjoy your spring. 
Please don't forget to email me with material 
for these notes. 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Keith Matthews is 

running for secretary. 


Alison Mitchell McKee, Esq. 
1128 Brandon Road 
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 

As another winter draws to a close I bring you 

Just a further note on our twentieth reunion 
weekend. Margaret Murphy extends her 
thanks to George McGoldrick for organizing a 
cocktail party on Friday night for many of our 
classmates and a Softball game on Saturday. 
It sounds like all those who attended the 
reunion had a great time. We'll be planning 
our next one before we know it! • It was great 
to hear from Steve Roche for the first time 
since graduation. Steve lives in Hollis, NH, 
with his wife, Donna, and their children, 
Danielle (eight) and Marcus (five). He's been 
up there for about twenty years. In March 
2000, Steve finally left Nashua-based White 
Pine Software, which he co-founded in 1984. 
He writes that it was "a long strange trip" 
from working out of their homes through 
doing an IPO in 1996, but the end result was 
worth it . Fortunately, Steve sold "just in time" 
last year (one of the few of us, I bet) and has 
moved on to new ventures. He's currently 
chief technology officer for a Sydney, 
Australia-based software company called 
Powerlan, Ltd. He hopes to remain in NH, but 
they want him "down under." We shall see. • 
Tim Cruz was appointed the Plymouth County 
district attorney by acting Massachusetts 
Governor Jane Swift on November 8, 2001. 21 

This is typically a four-year elected position 
but Tim is fulfilling Michael Sullivan's posi- 
tion since he was appointed to a U.S. 
Attorney position by President Bush. Tim 
will be running for election in November 
2002. Those of you who live in Plymouth 
County, please be sure to vote for Tim next 
November! Tim and his wife, Rose Marie, 
live in Marshfield with their two sons, 
Timothy (eleven) and Alex (nine). • 
Congratulations to Kevin Thomas and his 
wife, Tracy, on the birth of their twin daugh- 
ters, Regan Elise and Anna Christine, on 
October 19. Kevin's dad, Edwin Thomas '44 
(who has been so good about writing me 
over the years regarding Kevin's where- 
abouts), reports that "Mother Tracy is 
straight out with two-year-old Abigail as an 
added chow hound." Kevin and his family 
live in Cohassett and he practices dentistry 
in Milton and Medford with his brothers, 
Brian and Richard. In the meantime, Kevin's 
dad says he's "suffering in Naples six 
months and Cape Cod for summer." Sounds 
pretty appealing! • Finally, Jamie Dahill, 
another of my faithful correspondents, 
wants his BC pals to know that he attended 
the BC Notre Dame and Miami games and 
"had a blast. .two awesome games at the 
Heights!" Jamie is still in NYC and writes 
that he attended the beautiful BC memorial 
Mass on Park Ave. for the many people lost 
on September 11. Jamie's current email is • I was somewhat relieved 
not to have received any news regarding 
specific losses suffered by our classmates in 
connection with the tragic events of 
September 11. Nonetheless, I know that all 
of us have been deeply affected by this terri- 
ble tragedy and its aftermath. Please contin- 
ue to pray for all members of our extended 
BC family who have suffered a loss, and 
pray that God will keep all of us and our 
families safe during these uncertain times. 


John A. Feudo 

8 Whippletree Lane 

Amherst, MA 01002-3100 


MAY 31 ■ |UNE 2 . 2002 

Happy New Year! Now 
] that 2002 is here, our 

twentieth reunion is 
officially upon us. I hope you're all making 
plans to attend the festivities on May 31 and 
June i at the Heights. We only get to do this 
every five years, so please plan to join us. 
Each reunion we've had seems to be better 
than the last, although for some of us (okay, 
at least for me) our hairlines and stomachs 
become easier to see! • Our thoughts and 
prayers go out to all our classmates and fel- 
low alumni who experienced a loss in the 
devastating attacks on our nation in 
September. Will Raub, the husband of 
Maureen Jeffers Raub, lost his life in the 
World Trade Center that day. Maureen has a 
seven-year old daughter, Rebecca, and a 
seven-month old son, Liam, at home. You 
can reach Maureen at 14 Saw Mill Road, 

Saddle River, NJ, 07458. • Joe DeBellis and 
Ed Kwan were at the heart of the attacks in 
NYC, offering their help and support. 
They're both plastic surgeons who were on 
hand at St. Vincent's Hospital to help out. 
When he's not being called on in emergen- 
cies such as that, Joe runs a software com- 
pany called ViloX. Joe lives in Southampton 
with his girlfriend, Eleanor Mondale, and a 
farm full of animals. Eleanor even gave Joe 
a Clydesdale for his fortieth birthday. My 
fortieth was similar — I got a case of 
Budweiser! • Former football captain Rich 
Dyer was named the president and general 
manager of KETV, the ABC affiliate in 
Omaha, NE. Rich has been building his suc- 
cessful career at radio and television sta- 
tions across the country.* Sue Gallant let us 
know that she, Katy Comerford, Maureen 
McLaughlin Brophy, and Kathy Rokes still 
tailgate together during football season. 
Maura married Michael Brophy last June. • 
Congratulations to Beth Dixon Clark who 
was recently elected to the Board of 
Education in Portland, CT Beth works at 
Aetna. • If you haven't already done so, 
please remember to pay your class dues of 
$25. That helps us plan events for you lead- 
ing up to our reunion. I also hope you'll 
make it a habit to visit 
to check out their online community; also, 
don't forget to register and get your email 
address onto the directory. That's all for 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Dawn McNair is 
running for director, greater than ten years, 
and Jane Sulik is running for director, greater 
than ten years. 


Cynthia J. Bocko 
yi Hood Road 
Tewksbury, MA 01876 
(97fy 851-6119 

all [BC Class of 1983] with peace, tranquility, 
and good will." • Steve Casey joined 
TidalWire, Inc., a leader in storage network- 
ing products, service, and information as 
chief financial officer. Prior to joining 
TidalWire, Steve served as corporate con- 
troller for, an Internet-based gift 
service company. • It is with deep regret that 
I submit the news that Brion Hall died on 
July 31, 2001 in Chapel Hill, NC. Brion left 
his wife Deborah and two sons, Jeremy and 
Joshua. Our heartfelt prayers are with the 
Hall family. • Please call me or email your 
class notes. 


Carol A. Baciawski, Esq. 
29 Beacon Hill Road 
W. Springfield, MA 01089 
(413) 737-2166 

Marlene Browne's book, The Divorce Process: 
Empowerment Through Knowledge, is now 
available and is being distributed through 
Ingram. Marlene would appreciate it if you 
would keep it in mind as a source of divorce 
information for anyone in need. For more 
information, log on to www.divorce- Also, her novel "Aspen Heir" 
was published in the winter. Marlene had a 
ball dealing with the Grateful Dead, Bob 
Dylan, Roger (James) McGuinn, and 
Leonard Cohen in the process of obtaining 
permission to use some of their lyrics in the 
book. Marlene is also completing a third 
book, which she hopes to publish in late 
2002. Marlene reconnected with Christine 
Raines Rosner and she says hi to Cheryl 
Dishner Bardetti '84. Also, she ran into 
Susan Sullivan Francoeur '82 and her family 
at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain after ski- 
ing on the last day of the season, April 29, 
2001. For now, Marlene spends time 
between NJ, MA, and CO where she is 
licensed to practice law. To quote from Bob 
Dylan's acceptance speech, "God bless you 

Hope everyone had a happy holiday season! 
Here's the news that I have received from 
classmates. Lisa Hauck, her husband, Paul 
Borkovich, and their three-year-old son, 
George John Borkovich, are pleased to 
announce the newest member of their fami- 
ly, Nicholas Frederick Borkovich, born on 
July li, 2001. Lisa is an RN in the neurolo- 
gy/neurosurgery step-down unit at the 
UCLA Medical Center. Lisa writes that she 
recently returned from visiting her hus- 
band's family in Croatia. Lisa and Paul's 
long-term project is restoring their 1928 
Spanish-style home in Los Angeles. Earlier 
last year, Lisa writes, she met up with BC 
roommate Maureen Ryan (aka "Mo") at the 
Los Angeles screening of her documentary 
film, Wisconsin Death Trip. The film is about 
life at the turn of the century in a small 
Wisconsin town called Black River Falls. It 
was shot in black and white historical recre- 
ations and color contemporary documentary 
footage. Released in the fall of 1999, the 
film toured around the world in internation- 
• al film festivals. It has aired on the BBC and 
Cinemax, and began its theatrical release in 
Los Angeles in September. Wisconsin Death 
Trip is up for an Emmy for best lighting 
design and has won other awards including 
a Basta, which is similar to a British Emmy. 
After living in Nashville for several years, 
Maureen now lives in New York City and 
works at her New York-based production 
company, Hands On Productions. For more 
information on Maureen's film, check out 
the Web site at www.wisconsindeathtrip. 
com. • Art Laske is board certified as a trial 
advocate by the National Board of Trial 
Advocacy. This is the only national board 
certification for trial attorneys. Requirements 
include extensive documentation, including 
independent peer review from judges and 
attorneys, as well as successful completion 
of a day-long examination. • Tracy Hensley 
is living in the metropolitan D.C. area where 
she is an occupational therapist working for 
Montgomery County Public Schools. She 
also has her own private practice. Tracy has 
lived in Greece (againl)and Italy since grad- 
uation, and is now a single parent raising 
two great kids. Her sister, Randy '85, is a 



vice president for HSBC in Athens, Greece 
and recently had her second baby. Tracy was 
very thrilled to become Randy's first child's 
godmother in Athens two years ago. • 
Christopher Fanning and wife Eileen are the 
proud parents of Erica Marie, born on 
November 1. The Fannings live in Portland, 
OR, where Chris is vice president of strate- 
gic planning for Lattice Semiconductor 
(LSCC). Chris, Eileen, Erica, and big broth- 
ers Ryan and Michael welcome Eagles travel- 
ing in the pacific northwest to visit them. • 
Hope to hear from more classmates for the 
next edition. Please call or write at the above 
address, or email alumni. comments I have begun the mass mailing to 
all classmates that I mentioned in the last 
edition. Please take the time to return the 
postcard with your updates. 


Barbara Ward Wilson 
8 Via Capistrano 
Tiburon, CA 94920 

Hello and happy winter from San Francisco! 
I hope that everyone is doing well and enjoy- 
ing the winter season. Thanks for the email 
and the letters. I really do appreciate your 
news! • Mary Brobson Cately had a baby 
girl, Elizabeth Mary Kathleen Gately, on May 
12, 2001. She weighed in at 5 pounds, 8 
ounces, 19 inches long. She joins her broth- 
er Will, who is two. Mary was on maternity 
leave through October and then returned to 
work at Piper Marbury Rudrick and Wolfe, 
where she is a partner in the litigation prac- 
tice group. • Jeff Shmase, "The Baron," is 
living in Peabody, with his wife Anne, and 
two children Hannah, eight, and Benjamin, 
four. (Jeff and his wife gave birth to a son in 
1996, who subsequently died when he was 
three weeks old due to complications from 
birth.) Jeff is presently in the midst of a 
career change. After working in the journal- 
ism and public relations field for fifteen 
years, he went back to school and plans to 
become a school guidance counselor. Jeff 
goes to about two football games each year, 
and tries to get a basketball/hockey game 
onto his calendar as well. • Vinny and Pam 
Risio Ferraro took a trip to Boston last 
Memorial Day weekend, and caught up with 
their BC gang for dinner. Rachel (O'Hara) 
and Jon Kurtyka, Dan and Shelly (Barillo) 
McCillivray, and Mary (Tyrrell) Coughlin and 
her husband, Chris, met for dinner at 
Mamma Maria's in the North End. They had 
such a great time, and talked and ate and 
drank for hours. Pam is working in 
Greenwich for Chalk & Vermilion Fine Arts, 
a fine arts publisher. Pam handles market- 
ing, advertising, public relations, and the 
Web site. Pam updated me on several of 
her other Hillsides roomies - Lisa 
(Hartunian) Campbell has a new position in 
San Francisco, and moved there from 
Atlanta with her husband Steve. Eileen 
(Coerss) Thornberry and her husband Mike 
are still in Brecksville, OH, although in a 

new house, and they now have two children, 
Andrew and Caroline. • The fourteenth prog- 
eny of Mod 14A arrived on May 1, 2001, 
Katrin Jaclyn Baum, daughter of Bill and 
Nancy Consalves. Bill and Nancy are totally 
enjoying her. Katrin made her BC debut last 
August when they went back east and spent 
a few days on the Cape with Kathy Donahue 
Kelleher, Ann Porell McColdrick, Chrissy 
D'Entremont Mosher, and Peggy Fleming 
Strakosch. Nancy is working at the 2002 
Olympics as the paralympics director in Salt 
Lake City. • Steve Lipin's career change was 
profiled in The Deal. corn's July 19, 2001, edi- 
tion, under the headline: "The new Mr. 
Spin?" The article profiled Steve's move 
from the world of financial reporting to a 
new position as senior partner in the NY 
office of London's Brunswick Group, a glob- 
al PR firm. According to the article: 
"During his ten years at The Wall Street 
journal, Lipin's name became synonymous 
with high-end deal reporting. He elevated 
the art of the Monday morning M&.A scoop 
—to a science, breaking a steady stream of 
deal stories a day ahead of their official 
announcements. Hardworking, smart, and 
driven, Lipin also boasts a Rolodex overflow- 
ing with dealmaker contacts." 
Congratulations Steve and best wishes for 
much success! • Richard and Sonia '88 
Hoponick welcomed their third son on June 
29, 2000. Elias Sterling was eagerly greeted 
by big brothers Theodore and Myles. Rich 
and his family moved from New Haven, CT, 
to Ellicott City, MD, in June 2001 due to a 
job transfer. Rich is the Worldwide 
Controller of Prometric, Inc., a division of 
Thomson Learning. • Alicia Montecalvo and 
Steve Sitley of Chicago welcomed their 
daughter, Rachel Langdon, in October 2000. 
She joined Parker who is now four. • Gail 
and John Sadowey were joined by a new 
baby boy, Surf Finley, on August 20,2000. 
Surf's older brother Gunnar is very excited 

to have a brother! • Julie Young is working 
as a corporate marketing manager, Intel 
Architecture at Pioneer-Standard Electronics. 
Julie is living in University Heights, OH, 
with her husband, Peter and children Clara, 
three, and Matthew, one, and dog, Maynard. 
• It is with sadness that I report the death of 
Kristin Antonucci in April 1999. Kristin was a 
graduate of the Lynch School of Education. • 
Please continue to send me notes and mail 
messages. You can update your own per- 
sonal information, and get BC mail on the 
BC Web site at I greatly 
appreciate your input of ideas and news! 
Best regards until the summer edition! 


Karen Broughton Boyarsky 
205 Adirondack Drive 
East Greenwich, Rl 02818 

Chip Walsh, an old friend of ours who we 
had the opportunity to visit with at Mark 
Dacey's wedding last fall, is pleased to 
announce the birth of his second child, 
Aiden John, born in October who joins big 
sister MacKenzie, four. Chip and his wife, 
Kim, live in Guilford, CT, and Chip has a pri- 
vate law practice in New Haven, Licari and 
Walsh. • Lorene Vieira Simoneau and her 
husband, Donald, have three daughters: 
five-year-old twins, Marlena and Michaela, 
and a baby girl, Julia. They live in Bedford 
and Lorene has put a nursing career on hold 
to be home with the girls. They attend most 
football games and would love to hear from 
old friends at • 
Stephen Chunias and his wife, Kathleen, are 
living in Topsfield with their three children. 
Stephen recently sold his Stratographix busi- 
ness to a national firm and is currently man- 
aging the company's Boston area facilities. 
• We recently had the opportunity to visit 
with Mike Carey and his wife, Beth, and their 

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two beautiful little children, Aiden and Katie. 
Mike is a clinical psychologist and works for 
Family Services of Providence and has a pri- 
vate practice. The Careys live in North 
Attleboro. Great to see you, Mike and Beth! 
• Unfortunately, if you did not see the 
announcement in the last BC Magazine, our 
class suffered the tragic loss of Brad Vadas 
on September n, 2001. Brad was a senior 
vice president at Keefe, Bruyette and Woods 
and worked on the eighty-ninth floor of the 
World Trade Tower. A scholarship fund is 
being set up in memory of Brad. I send our 
entire class's deepest condolences to Brad's 
family and friends. Let us all pray for peace 
in this new year. 


Catherine Stanton Rooney 
35 Emerald Ave. 
Braintree, MA 02184 


MAY 31 • JUNE 2 . 2002 

Hello! I hope that you 
are all doing well and 
are looking forward to spring. I can't believe 
that our fifteenth reunion is only weeks 
away! I hope that you are all planning on 
coming for the weekend- 1 know that the 
reunion committee has been very busy put- 
ting together some great activities for us. 
There will be an on-campus event on Friday 
night, as well as a small reception at the BC 
Club. On Saturday there will be an alumni 
barbecue and our class event at the Rat on 
Saturday night. That should bring back 
some great memories! There will also be a 
Mass and brunch on Sunday. Can't wait to 
see you there! • I apologize that my column 
is so short this time. I really didn't hear 
from very many people. I hope that if you 
haven't written to me in a while, or even at 
all, that you will do so today after you've 
read the magazine so that I can include it in 
my next column. My friend Rob Sabella was 
married on Cape Cod in October to Beth 
Donaghue. Among those attending the wed- 
ding were Molly Martin Alvarado, George 
and Kathleen Roper, Matt and Joan Keane 
Zimmerman, Mary Lee Bolan, Enza Ricerca, 
Deb Masone, Tony Pelino, and Joe Linehan. 
A good time was had by all. Rob is a co- 
founder and president of OTA Solutions a 
wireless consulting and placement services 
company. They are living in Dallas, TX. 
Congratulations Rob! • I also got a great 
email from Jeanne Donovan. She and her 
husband, Darin Porter, welcomed their first 
child, Grace Margaret, on September 28. 
Jeanne also has a seven-year-old step- 
daughter. They live in Rye, NY. Jeanne gradu- 
ated from BC Law in 1990, and recently gave 
up the practice and now works in public 
relations in Manhattan. She remains close 
friends with BC pals Stacey Kardamis 
Kerkhoff, Jude Smulsky, Brenda Bynarowicz 
and Deidre Cunnane '86. She'd love to hear 
from any old friends at jdonovanporter Thanks Jeanne! • On a sad note, 
I'd like to offer our condolences as a class 

to the family of Tom Fitzpatrick, who was 

tragically killed on September n. He and the 
other BC alumni who were killed will be 
sorely missed. The last column that I wrote 
was a week before the terrible events of that 
day - who could have ever imagined what 
has transpired since? I hope that you and 
your families are all well and I look forward 
to hearing from you soon. 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Steve Ferrucci is 
running for director, east of Mississippi. 


Laura Cermak Ksenak 
54 Kendal Avenue 
Maplewood, NJ 07040 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Dan Wessel is 
running for director, west of Mississippi. 


Cheryl Williams Kalantzakos 
to Devonshire Place 
Andover, MA 01810 

Hi everyone, first to some business — we 
can no longer publish engagements or preg- 
nancies in this column. We will, however, 
continue to publish marriages, births, and 
other milestones that have already occurred, 
so please keep the email and letters com- 
ing! • Gloria Gonzalez Perez will be on the 
ballot this spring for the annual vote of BC 
Alumni Association Board of Directors. 
Gloria is running for: director, graduated ten 
years plus. Voting will take place online in 
March at the Alumni Association's Web site 
or look for your ballot in the mail soon. • 
Sally Driscoll, business development execu- 
tive at the J. Barry Driscoll Insurance Agency 
Inc. in Norwell is co-chairing the Alumni 
Association's Second Helping event at the 
600 Club. This event benefits the Greater 
Boston Food Bank Second Helping pro- 
gram, which distributes perishable foods 
used at events and hotels to feeding pro- 
grams throughout the greater Boston area. 
Contact Sally at 781-681-6656 X234 for more 
information on the April 2002 event. • The 
alumni officers of the Class of 1989 encour- 
age all classmates to check out a new 
option on the BC Alumni Association's Web 
page that will allow individual classes to reg- 
ister and read about class and local area 
events ( alumni/ click on "online 
community" to register). The officers are 
hoping this site will help develop a better 
class communication tool and improve 
regional networks of alumni, as interested 
classmates can register on the site with 
their updated information. Additional plans 
include the organization of class of '89 
events for 2002 leading up to our reunion 
year in 2004. Coordinating any of these 
efforts, however, requires funding and unfor- 

tunately the class of 1989 budget is extreme- 
ly low. They request that class members 
begin to donate annual dues to the class of 
'89 to help us build our treasury so events 
can be funded (particularly our next "big" 
reunion in 2004). The officers suggest dues 
of $25 annually, which they feel is both rea- 
sonable and will help us build a substantial 
treasury going forward - they need your 
help! Please send checks to the BC Alumni 
House, 825 Centre Street, Newton, MA 
02458 Attn: Class Dues - Class of 1989. • 
Walda Keohane Jensen and her husband, 
Charles, announce the birth of their first 
child, a son, Philip John on June 16. • 
Denise Harrington and Nick Gingola were 
married at St. Ignatius Church on June 2, 
2001. Fr. Joseph Laughlin, resident of BC 
High, and a BC alumnus, presided. The 
couple honeymooned in St. Lucia and now 
lives in Watertown. • Norman Mineta, U.S. 
secretary of transportation, has announced 
that Julie Nichols has been appointed as 
deputy assistant secretary for governmental 
affairs at the U.S. department of transporta- 
tion. Previously, Julie served as managing 
director of government affairs at American 
Airlines. She is currently living in Arlington, 
VA. • I would like to send condolences to 
.the family and friends of Sean Lynch, who 

was killed in the September n attacks on 
the World Trade Center. He was an employ- 
ee at Cantor Fitzgerald. 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Gloria Perez is 
running for director, greater than ten years. 


Kara Corso Nelson 
67 Sea Island 
Glastonbury, CT 06033 

This is the first installment of the class 
notes I am writing since the terrible 
tragedies of September n. I know I am 
echoing many of our classmates when I take 
this opportunity to express my grief and 
condolences to the families and friends of 
all the victims, but especially to those in our 
BC community. As you know, we lost one of 
our own that day, John J. Murray. John 
worked for Cantor Fitzgerald in the World 
Trade Center. Our thoughts and our prayers 
are with John's loved ones. • The BC/Navy 
football game in Annapolis on September 
22 opened with a three-plane fly-by led by 
Greg Golden. The fly-by concluded a 
moment of silence for the victims of the 
September 11 attacks, specifically the Naval 
Academy alumni and the BC alumni that 
were killed. Greg was extremely proud to 
participate in the salute to our fallen Eagle 
alumni, especially our classmate John. The 
fly-by was impressive, according to Ray 
Cabalu and James Arkelett who were in 
attendance. Lynn (Amoroso) Davies joined 
them for the post-game tailgate. Greg's 
Navy fighter squadron is VFC-13 and they're 
stationed at Naval Air Station Fallon in 



northern NV. They flew their F-5 Tiger fighter 
jets across the country for the fly-by. And 
apparently the fly-by made ESPN's Top Five 
Plays of the Day! • Beth and Mike Conway 
are thrilled to announce the birth of their 
third child, Lucy McAllister Conway, born 
September 10, 2001. She weighed in at 8 
pounds, 14 ounces. Her big brothers are 
Jack, four, and Chuck, two. Mike sells con- 
vertible bonds for Merrill Lynch in NY and 
Beth enjoys the chaos at home. • Steve and 
Anne-Marie (Cold) Hultin welcomed Julia 
Babette on July 19, 2001. Siblings Stephen 
(eight), Caroline (six) and Francoise (two) 
are excited to have a new little sister. Anne- 
Marie works hard with the four children and 
Steve still works for Accenture out of 
Boston. • Annie O'Connor and her husband 
Lloyd Chapin welcomed their second son, 
Aidan Lloyd, on August 14, 2001. Their first 
son, Connor (three) enjoys his new role as 
big brother. They live on the Upper West 
Side of Manhattan. Annie is currently on a 
leave of absence from her position as senior 
manager in Accenture's financial services 
practice and has greatly enjoyed the time 
home with her family. She has been with 
Accenture (formerly known as Andersen 
Consulting) since graduating from BC. Lloyd 
is also with Accenture as a partner in the 
Energy Practice. • Laura Livaccari and hus- 
band, Andrew Herzig, welcomed, Julia Rose, 
in February 2000. The family recently moved 
from the D.C. area to Westchester, NY, and 
has enjoyed being closer to both of their 
extended families. In conjunction with the 
move, Laura transferred to the NYC office of 
the law firm Morgan, Lewis and Bockius. 
Her husband Andrew also practices law in 
NYC. • Margaret Carroll Berzins and hus- 
band Mark Berzins live in Denver. They have 
three children: Clare is five-and-a-half, 
Caroline is four and Patrick is twenty-one 
months. The Berzins own three neighbor- 
hood restaurants; the first two are named 
"Spot Bar and Grill" and the newest is 
"Three Dogs Tavern." If BC alumni are in or 
near Denver, please stop in and say hello! • 
Mary Margaret Lewis and Brian Friel recently 
welcomed their third child. The future Eagles 
are Delia (three), Declan (one-and-a-half) 
and Rory (born July 2001.) Mary Margaret 
finished her medical training and joined a 
private pulmonary and critical care medicine 
practice in the Washington, D.C, area. Brian 
is still litigating at a D.C. law firm. • Jeanne 
Canavan Downey and Greg Downey wel- 
comed their second child Kathleen Canavan 
Downey (Kate) on September 25, 2001. Their 
son, Aidan Patrick Downey, was born in June 
of 2000. Jeanne is teaching elementary 
school part-time in Acushnet, MA, and Greg 
is an attorney at Downey &. Downey, P.C. in 
New Bedford. • Brian Hammer accepted a 
postdoctoral research position at Princeton 
University and moved the family from Ann 
Arbor, Ml to Lawrenceville, NJ this past sum- 
mer. Brian's wife, Tracy, teaches kindergarten 
in neighboring Hopewell, NJ, and sons Ben 
(three) and Charlie (six months) are adjust- 
ing beautifully to their new home! • Carrie 

Howard and husband Vinnie Delia Valle 
have been living happily in Darien, CT, for 
the past three years. After working for 
almost six years at TIME magazine in adver- 
tising sales, Carrie moved to Entertainment 
Weekly as an account manager just over a 
year ago. Cool perks include movie pre- 
mieres and trips to the Sundance Film 
Festival! Her husband, Vinnie, has been with 
CBS Television for five years and is a director 
of new business development in their 
sales/marketing division. • Susan (English) 
Mazzetti and Peter Mazzetti welcomed their 
son, Peter Paul III, on May 19, 2001. They 
have a daughter, Sarah, who is nearly 
three. During the past year, Sue and Pete 
relocated from NY to Danville, CA. Pete has 
changed jobs and joined his father's compa- 
ny, NorCal Moving Services, an Allied Van 
Lines agency, as corporate counsel and gen- 
eral manager. • Melanie (Morse) Dawson 
and Dave Dawson had a baby girl on August 
27, 2001. Emily Catherine was 8 pounds, 11 
ounces. She gets lots of attention from her 
big brothers Andrew, Brendan, and Patrick. 
Dave, Melanie, and family are living in 
Medway. • Ron Friedman was promoted 
from assistant vice president to vice presi- 
dent with U.S. Equities. Congratulations! • 
That's it for now! Please keep your updates 
coming; it's always great to hear from you! 


Peggy Morin Bruno 
2 High Hill Road 
Canton, CT 06079 
bcalum 91(g) world net. att. net 

It is with great sadness that I write of the 
loss of one of our classmates in the 
September 11 tragedy. Our sympathies go 
out to the family of Thomas Brennan. 
Two other classmates lost family members 
very dear to them in the tragedy. Tara 
Henwood lost her brother, John, and Susan 
(Doherty) Buhse lost her husband, Patrick. 
Our sympathies go out to our classmates 
and their families. • Greg Ladd and his wife, 
Barrett, were blessed with the birth of their 
first child, a son named Cameron Gregory. 
They also moved to Concord and Greg is 
working as a senior manager with Deloitte 
Consulting. • Patti Hart got married to John 
C. Kelly in June 2000 in Hingham. Patti's 
cousin Colleen Rielly was maid of honor and 
jean Lascor and Maria McLaughlin served as 
bridesmaids. Nancy Allaire performed a 
reading during the ceremony. Other BC 
alumni in attendance were Chrissy 
(Moynihan) Murray, Bryan Banks, Chris 
Langway, Heather (Strout) Finn, Hugh 
Flaherty, Judy (McLaughlin) Stanton, Paul 
Bernardin '89, Kate (McCauley) Johnson '92, 
and Rob Johnson '92. Patti is a training 
director at Investors Bank & Trust in Boston 
and John is director of sales at Medical 
Systems Management in Wakefield. They 
currently live in Charlestown, MA. • 
Christopher Poirier and Allison David '96 
were married on September 22, 2001, at 
Boston College St. Ignatius of Loyola in 

Chestnut Hill. Other BC graduates in the 
wedding party were, matron of honor, 
Jessica David Page '96, bridesmaids, Angela 
Clofine '96 and Caroline Melia '97. 
Groomsmen were Todd Fischer, Richard 
Gazarian, Jeff Nelson, Edward Ricci and Ted 
Page '93. Allison is an equity and derivatives 
trader for Navigator Management Company, 
a hedge fund in Boston. Chris is the co- 
founder and vice president of Resinate 
Corporation, a software company in 
Andover. • Scott Mushkin and Angela 
(Bante) Mushkin have moved to Hoboken, 
NJ, where Scott is working for Lehman 
Brothers. They have two little girls, Riley 
Nicole born on Feburary 28, 1999, and 
Ryann Elizabeth, born February 16, 2001. • 
Meghan Gross and Christopher Magner 
were married October 20 in Arlington, 
MA. Ann-Marie Breen and Kellie Moroney 
were bridesmaids, while Deb (Wardlow) 
Brown, Debra (Page) Mooney, Shelby 
(Lovett) Cuevas and Lynn Page Flaherty also 
participated in the ceremony. Also in atten- 
dance were Kathleen Barry, Andrea Benoit, 
Barbara Healey, and Janine (Dione) Saks, as 
well as assorted spouses, a significant other, 
and a few Eagles yet-to-be-hatched. • 
Morgean (Milkofsky) Hirt and her husband, 
Jim, both association executives in 
Alexandria, VA, welcomed their son Dylan 
James on September 26, 2000. They were 
visited by Robin LeGallo, chief resident in 
pathology at UVA Medical Center, and her 
two boys Quinn, who is four, and Ian, who 
was born December 23, 2000. • Sean and 
.Cheri (Connolly) Farley welcomed a baby girl, 
Kayla LeeAnn, on June 7, 2001. Kayla joins 
her big brother, Ryan, who is three. • Vicki 
(Bryan) Curtin lives with her husband Peter 
and their one- year-old daughter Tess in 
Garden City, NY. Vicki is working part-time 
as a nurse practitioner. • Deb Deroian is 
enjoying her job teaching English at Bristol 
Community College in Rl. • Kerrie Dolce has 
been working in London for the past two 
years as the European product manager for 
an information publishing company. She 
often meets up with Karen Duffy who also 
lives and works in London. • Karen Petrecca 
lives in NYC and is a vice president at 
Citibank. • Indira Perez McLeod lives in Los 
Angeles, CA, with her husband Robert and 
works as an occupational therapist for the 
LA school district. • Kimberly Punsalan West 
lives with her husband Patrick in Boston and 
is an assistant attorney general specializing 
in public corruption. • Sarah Yezzi received 
her MEd in technology education from 
Harvard in 1998 and works as a senior pro- 
ducer in educational multimedia. She lives 
in Jamaica Plain. • Katie Wahl received her 
master's degree in nurse anesthesia from 
Columbia University and works as a nurse 
anesthetist in Boston. • I hope everyone had 
a happy, healthy holiday! Please be sure to 
keep the updates coming. We can no longer 
publish engagements or pregnancies. Due 
to the lag time between article submission 
and publication, we don't want to list things 
that have not yet occurred. 25 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Steve Wronski is 
running for director, greater than ten years. 


Paul L Cantello 
255 Warren Street #813 
Jersey City, NJ 07302 

Cina Suppelsa Story 
47 Matchett Street 
Brighton, MA 02135 


MAY 31 • JUNE 2 . 2002 

Our thoughts and 
prayers are with all 
of our-fellow alumni, 
family, friends, and 
neighbors who were affected by the 
September n terrorist attacks in NYC and 
DC. Please continue to write and email news 
from your lives to be included in this col- 
umn. • Steffan Berelowitz's company, BiT 
Group, was named to the INC 500. Steffan 
is president and founder of the company 
which he started six years ago. He can be 
reached at • Anne 
Marie (Ligda) Vorbach and husband Justin 
have returned to the Boston area. Anne 
Marie is working as a full-time intern at 
South Shore Mental Health in Quincy. • 
Kevin Silen married Melissa Powers on 
September 29, 2001. It was a beautiful fall 
wedding in VT. Dan Ferrin and Deepu 
Daryanani were groomsmen. Fellow '92 
classmates that attended included Steve 
Souza, Josh Herbert, Henry Seto, Karen 
Connors (Rimmele), Mary Nolan (Riley), and 
Tom Nolan. • Tim Muldoon's The Banquet of 
Wisdom: Christian Spirituality for Generation 
2000 will be published by Sheed and Ward 
this spring. • Chris Boccaccio and his wife, 
Jeannie, had their second child on May 17, 
2001, a boy named Colin Michael. Big broth- 
er Eric and the rest of the family are doing 
well. Chris is currently a senior associate in 
the business law department at Day, Berry & 
Howard LLP in CT. They get together period- 
ically with Juan Ciachino and Nayomi 
Omura, as well as, John LaCratta and his 
fiancee, Maria Lisi. • Friends from MOD 4B 
recently reunited at Donna Merhige-Petrick's 
home in Brooklyn, NY. Betsy Bonello-Smith, 
Kelly Evans-Brown, Holly Mason, and 
Megan Mount-Mormile had a great time 
together, as usual. Roommates Liesl 
Anzoleaga, and Debra Sullivan-Tullis were 
missed. Donna feels fortunate that her BC 
classmates continue to be a part of her life. 
Their friendships are very special to her and 
she enjoys keeping in touch. • Yes, I know 
it's difficult to believe. Ten years have 
passed since graduation. I hope to see you 
all at our reunion. Don't forget to mark 
your calendars! You can expect to be receiv- 
ing information about the ten-year reunion 
in the mail soon, but if you have any ques- 
tions, or would like to get involved in the 
planning process, please contact Cina 
Hager-Moitoso at 

To begin this issue, our thoughts and 
prayers are with all those affected directly 
and or indirectly by the tragedy of 
September 11. This past June, Andrew Melli 
passed away. He had fought leukemia since 
November 1999. He was the life of the party 
at BC, and accomplished many great things 
since graduation. He ran the NYC marathon 
prior to being diagnosed with cancer. He 
graduated from law school, lived in London, 
and most recently lived in Hoboken, NJ, 
where he worked at his father's law firm. 
Our deepest sympathies to Andrew's family 
and friends. In Andy's memory, good friend 
Cara McNally ran the Dublin Marathon this 
fall for the Leukemia and Lymphoma 
Society. Cara is currently at BU, going for 
her master's in education. She reports that 
Eric Rowe is living in Boston and works at 
Genzyme. And that Laura Milano works for 
the Manchester, NH, school district as a 
bilingual evaluator. She is pursuing her mas- 
ter's in social work at Salem State University 
in MA. Laura has sung at many of her 
friends' weddings, and at Andy's funeral 
mass. • Diane Vankoski Van Dyke and Rick 
Van Dyke welcomed their first child this past 
March, a baby girl named Renee. Diane, an 
Internet copywriter/editor for the shopping 
channel QVC, recently left her job for an 
exciting new career — full-time Mommy 
Engineer! Rick is a telecommunications 
sales manager for Graybar. They reside in 
Diane's hometown just outside of 
Philadelphia. • Shea Sitzer Fleming and hus- 
band Chad happily welcomed their first child 
(a daughter, Paige) into the world July 25, 
2001. They live in Atlanta, GA, where she is 
finishing her last year at Emory University 
Medical School. Her specialty will be in 
pediatrics when graduating next May. • 
Maura Kelly started a job as a reporter for 
the Associated Press in Chicago in August. 
She has been living in Chicago since January 

2000, when she started a one-year reporting 
job for the Chicago Tribune. That ended in 
January 2001, and she wrote freelance arti- 
cles for the Chicago Tribune and Boston 
Globe before getting hired by the AP. • 
Jennifer Trenaman (Landry) and her hus- 
band, Eric, welcomed their first child, 
Jackson Landry Trenaman, on September 6, 

2001. • Anne Trenkle Schaefer and husband 
Stuart welcomed Maxwell Reed this past 
September as well. Dan Cushing and wife 
Karen Abucewicz Cushing, welcomed their 
first child into the world this June. Her 
name is Caitlin Elizabeth. They have been 
living in Natick for the past three years. 
Joan Monahan Streeter and Mark Streeter 
also welcomed their first child, Megan 
Caroline, this past August. Joan is taking a 
year off from teaching and Mark continues 
as a fixed income analyst covering the real 

estate, leisure, and transportation industries 
for JPMorgan in NYC. They live in Darien, 
CT. Jacquline West Ondry and her husband, 
Aaron, had a baby boy in August named 
William West. They live in Marlboro. • Sue 
Walsh is a doctor at Yale New Haven 
Hospital specializing in pediatric emergency 
medicine She married Manny in Cape Cod 
this September. They live in Branford, CT. • 
Kelly Wild is an elementary school teacher in 
Fairfield, CT. • Tessie Kopoulous Mower and 
Josh Mower have a two-year-old named 
Joshua. They are both high school teachers 
in Lynn. • Michele Campbell Scanned and 
Ken Scannell had a baby boy named Jack 
Thomas. He was born in May. • Greg Cerny 
and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents 
of four; Ashley, Jamie, Jack, and Matt. They 
live in Westborough, and both work for 
Fidelity. • Jennifer Viklund married Steve 
Smith in Newton, in May. Jennifer works for 
Clhoun Consulting in Waltham, and they live 
in Medford. • Dana Kawalautzki Lauducci 
and Brian Lauducci live in Bridgewater, NJ. 
Brian is an independent software developer 
and basketball official and recently complet- 
ed his MBA at Rutgers. Dana works as a 
benefits manager for Hewitt Associates. • Jill 
Flemming is a family practice doctor and 
married Jim Reid this October. • Dianne 
Edson is currently working as a corporate 
recruiter for in Maynard. • 
Laurie Vakos works as a first grade teacher 
in Greenwich, CT. • In late July, Courtney 
MacArthur Beaulieu had a baby girl Alison 
Rose. • Denise O'Donnell Canavan and hus- 
band Patrick welcomed their second child, 
Carolyn Elizabeth, in November 2001. Other 
daughter, Katherine Mary, was born in 
August 1999, one month after Denise fin- 
ished her MBA in finance and international 
business at NYU. Denise is currently taking 
a break from work so that she can be at 
home with their daughters, and Patrick is a 
director in the controller's department at 
UBS Warburg in Stamford, CT. • Peter Cote 
writes: "I have had a difficult time still com- 
municating with some of my past friend- 
ships. In 1996 I married my high school 
sweetheart, Christine Kearns. In 1997, I had 
my first child, Ryan Cote. My second child, 
Niamh Cote, arrived in 1998, third, Ridley 
Cote in 2000, and finally four and five 
(twins), Eoin Edward and Brigh Elise Cote. 
As you can see, since my graduation from 
BC, I've been very busy. I'd just like to pass 
this info along to some of my fellow alumni. 
I just want them to know I have not forgot- 
ten about them." • That's all for now. I hope 
you all had a Happy Holiday Season. 
2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Julie Finora is 
running for director, west of Mississippi, and 
Rob Tyler is running for director, less than ten 


Alyce T. Hatem-Sader 
33 Clementi Lane 
Methuen, MA 01844 




David S. Shapiro 

2 Bretton Road 

West Hartford, CT 06779 

DSShapiro @ 

The tragedies of September 11 took the life 
of one of our fellow classmates, Peter J. 
Mulligan. Our prayers are with his family at 
this time and heartfelt condolences. Please 
send in your special memories of Peter so 
we may have a tribute to him in the next col- 
umn. Also, our prayers and heartfelt thanks 
are with our classmates who are serving our 
nation in the war against terrorism. Thank 
you and Cod bless you. • Matt Carley mar- 
ried Theresa Ciuccoli Carley on October 6, 
2001, in Fairfield, CT, followed by a fifteen- 
day cruise that included a passage through 
the Panama Canal for their honey- 
moon. Attending the wedding from the class 
of '95 were Adam Zuckerberg and Ashlee 
Bunt Cumello, who were both in the wed- 
ding party, and Abby Wood, who was the 
soloist. Also in attendance were BCers Sherri 
Mariani Franzman, Greg Fortuna and his 
wife, Stephanie Head Fortuna, Tom Dee, 
Tom O'Keefe, Steve "Kegger" Morino, and 
Phil Pergola. Matt is a finance manager with 
GE Capital and Theresa is an Elementary 
School Teacher. They reside in Trumbull, CT. 
• In other news, Sherri Mariani Franzman 
and her husband Marc had their first baby, 
Samantha, on July 19, 2001. • Ashlee Bunt 
Cumello and her husband Pete had their 
first baby, Lilly Elizabeth, on October 19, 
2001. • Maureen Walsh was married to 
Shane Kramer in June 2001 in 
Charlottesville, VA. Maureen and Shane met 
in law school at Washington and Lee in 
Lexington, VA. They graduated from law 
school in 1999 and now practice law in 
Washington, D.C. The newlyweds live in 
Bethesda, MD. Some BC friends at the wed- 
ding were Emily Cooper (formerly Lewis), Jill 
Cupoli, Cynthia Ennis, Jennifer Mooney, 
Shelley Dell'Orfano (formerly Weinand), and 
Ken Oliva. To celebrate being newlyweds, 
Maureen and Shane trained for and com- 
pleted the Chicago Marathon together. • 
Kimberly McCarty married Brenden 
McMahon on June 30, 2001, at St. Ignatius. 
Kimberly is a lawyer at the City Solicitor's 
Office in Lowell. Brenden is an assistant 
district attorney for the Middlesex County 
DA's office. Kimberly and Brenden live in 
Lowell. Fellow alumni at the wedding were: 
best man Gene McMahon '92, GSOM '98, 
matron of honor Sharon Turner Mainero, 
bridesmaid Alice Reynolds '96, usher Jeffrey 
Bochman '96, Renata Piekielniak Cary, 
Maureen Grealish, Mary Cristin Flynn, 
Katlyn May, Lillie Lucas, Michael Ford, Dr. 
Heather Ristuccia Mark '92, and James 
Stanton. Sadly missed at the wedding was 
Jeannie Ennis, who recently moved to Myrtle 
Beach, SC. • Philip Murphy earned the pres- 
tigious chartered financial analyst designa- 
tion, administered by the Association for 
Investment Management and Research. 
Philip has worked in the financial industry 

for more than five years. He received his 
MBA in finance at Fairfield University. He 
recently served as an officer for Putnam 
Investments and joined John S. Herold, Inc., 
as an institutional salesperson in August 
2001. His primary responsibilities at Herold 
are to grow revenues from investment man- 
agement firms and seek out new lines of 
business for the firm. • Bartholomew &. Co. 
has promoted Joshua A. Paul to vice presi- 
dent. Joshua has been an account executive 
with the Worcester investment firm since 
1995. • There was an error in the 2001 fall 
edition of the Boston College classnotes sec- 
tion: Bonnie (Kozel) Dougherty and Bill 
Dougherty's son is named Joshua. 
Congratulations on the arrival of your son! 
{Editor's note: this column was written by 
Megan Gurda Iran '95. We thank Megan for 
all her hard work. New correspondent David 
Shapiro '95 takes over next issue. Please note 
new address 1 .} 2002 Ballot/Alumni Association 
Board Candidate Watch: Classmate J.R. 
Craven is running for director, less than ten 
years; Katherine "Stephanie" Cronin is run- 
ning for director, less than ten years; and 
William Dorcena is running for director, less 
than ten years. 


Mike H of man 
go Montebello Road #2 
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 


Sabrina M. Bracco 
7377 First Ave., 4R 
New York, NY 10021 


MAY 31 - |UNE 2 • 2002 

This column is dedi- 
cated to the memory 
of Patrick Aranyos, 
who died in the World Trade Center attacks. 
We are fortunate to have had him for a 
classmate and privileged to call him a friend. 
More than 800 people attended the memori- 
al service held in his honor in NYC. He is 
sorely missed by all of them. A BC scholar- 
ship fund has been established in his name, 
please contact the BC development office for 
information on how to contribute. • And 
now for your updates. Congratulations to 
Michael Morris and Jessica Tamburrino who 
tied the knot this summer on August 25, 
2001, at St. Ignatius on the BC campus. The 
reception was downtown at the Fairmont 
Copley. The newest Mr. Mike and Mrs. Jess 
Morris honeymooned in Tahiti, Bora Bora 
and Moorea. Other BCers in the wedding 
were best man Brian Millet; groomsmen: 
Patrick Aranyos, Jim Beltis and Ted 
Franchetti; and bridesmaid Elizabeth 
Taranto. It was a weekend full of fun events! 
Brian Millett and Elizabeth Taranto also 
recently married on November 30, 2001 in 
NJ. A great time was had by all and the 

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Christmas feel of the Grand Summit Hotel 
got everyone ready for the holidays. Dr. 
Brian and Mrs. Liz Millett spent two weeks 
in Hawaii post-wedding. Other BCers in the 
wedding party were best man Michael 
Morris; maid of honor Shana Carroll; brides- 
maids: Regan Barnett, Katie Curran and 
Jessica Morris; readers: Jim Beltis and John 
Minardo. Congrats are also in order for 
John Minardo who graduated from Brooklyn 
Law School in May and recently passed the 
NY and NJ Bar exams. He is currently an 
associate with the law firm of Kaye Scholer 
LLP in NY. • After college Jennifer Mordavsky 
went on to the University of Massachusetts 
and received her master's in public health in 
1999. In the summer of that year, she 
moved to CA where she's been working on 
her doctorate in public health at the 
University of California, Berkeley. She will be 
graduating in 2002. The girls of Rubenstein 
C55 have been busy since graduation! Jaime 
Head married Todd Hoyle in Dothan, AL, on 
July 17, 1999. Jaime and Todd are graduates 
of the University of Richmond Law School, 
where they met, and are attorneys living in 
Richmond, VA. Bridesmaids included the fol- 
lowing BC grads: Kristen Dunphy, Kerri 
Feyler, Mary Grace, Deb Murphy, Amy 
Sullivan and Casey Templeton '98. Other '97 
alumni in attendance were Berto Cost, Nick 
Granata, Jennifer (Biffano) Sullivan, Mark 
Sullivan, Mike Fitzgerald, TJ Thompson, 
Scott Feldman, Gavin Leavay and Ryan 
Halsted. • Kerri Feyler married Mark Startler 
on May 27, 2000, in MA. Kerri is in pharma- 
ceutical sales and the couple resides in 
Andover. • Deb Murphy is back to nursing in 
Boston at Mass General after spending a 
few months in Los Angeles, and then 
Denver as part of a traveling nursing pro- 
gram. • Amy Sullivan is working at an exclu- 
sive country club in nearby Rl after spending 
her first few post-grad years at the office of 
development at BC. • Mary Grace left 
Boston two years ago and moved to subur- 
ban Los Angeles where she is employed by 
Fidelity Investments as a financial represen- 
tative. • Josh Nolan is working as an assis- 
tant director of residence life at Allegheny 
College in PA. • Denise Clemente is working 
as an elementary school teacher at an inter- 
national school in Trieste, Italy. • Kathleen 
Mulvehill is living in CT and working in the 
Greenwich Public Schools, teaching second 
grade at the Cos Cob School. • Megan Haley 
married Christopher Noller on July 22, 2001, 

in Philadelphia, PA. Members of the wed- 
ding party included Kristen Bodenhofer, 
Mary (Vidayathil) Sawyer, Michelle 
Cuerriere, Kathy (DeCoste) Flaherty, Lisa 
Noller '92, Paul Martin, Alex Marshall, 
Bradd Haley 'oi, Michael Haley '96, Brian 
Sullivan, and JoeToohey, who did a reading. 
Other BC alum in attendance were Dohyun 
Cha, Greg DeMarco, Meredith Dunn '99, 
Eric Dohr, Dayna Hutchins '96, Tamara 
Krause, Trevor and Mary Beth (Brennan) 
Magee '96, Michael and Holly (Schwartz) 
Pomraning, Jason Rotondo, Perry '88 and 
Michelle (Lally) '89 O'Crady, Fred Palascak, 
Tod Pierce, and Heather (Lynch) Stepler. 
The newlyweds enjoyed their honeymoon in 
St. Lucia and are now residing in Pocatello, 
ID, where Kit is a graduate student and 
Megan is teaching high school, special edu- 
cation. • Lisa Shrayer recently graduated 
from Cornell Law School and is working for 
a law firm in London. • On June 23, 2001, 
A.J. Borrelli was married to Meredith 
Swobodzinski. The ceremony was held at St. 
Andrew's Dune Church in Southampton, 
NY, and the reception was on Shelter Island, 
NY. Pat Visone, who introduced the couple 
over six years before, was in the wedding 
party. A.J. graduated from Fordham Law 
School in May 2000, passed the NJ Bar in 
November 2000, and practices commercial 
litigation at the law firm of Riker, Danzig, 
Scherer, Hyland & Perretti in Morristown, 
NJ. Meredith teaches special education and 
reading in Warren Hills, NJ. In August 2001, 
the couple purchased a home in Long Valley, 
NJ. • Sadly, Michael (Maca) R. McCarthy 
passed away on October 19, 2001. Please 
note, I can no longer publish engagement 
announcements due to the magazine's new 
policy. Please hold off in sending me such 
updates until after the weddings. I apologize 
for the change in procedures. Also, don't 
forget our fifth-year reunion will be held May 

30 through June l this year. You will be 

receiving information in the mail regarding 

reservation details. Hope to see you all 


2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 

Candidate Watch: Classmate Linda Song is 

running for director, less than ten years. 


Mistie Psaledas 
4043 Quentin Avenue 
St. Louis Park, MN 55416 

Please note: I am no longer allowed to print 
engagements or pregnancies. I CAN publish 
marriages and births. • Calling all volunteers 
to plan our five-year reunion! If you are 
interested, please email me at by May i. • 
Thomas S. Rea received the Milton F. 
Napier Award for proficiency in trial advoca- 
cy from the Washington University School of 
Law in St. Louis. He also received the 
William M. Pomerantz Trial Prize for excel- 
lence in regional mock trial competition and 
was a national quarterfinalist in the National 

Trial Competition. • Matt Wentland married 
Meghan Pontbriand '97 on October 2, 2000. 
They reside in Silver Spring, MD. • Ciulio A. 
Savo received a JD degree from Roger 
Williams University Ralph R. Papitto School 
of Law on May 19, 2001. While in school, 
Giulio was a member of the Student Bar 
Association, Federalist Society, Moot Court 
Honor Society, and Law School Division. • 
Mary Dawson married Cuido Jacques on 
July 21, 2001. Joseph Bustros, Justin 
Martell, Paul McCaffery, Renee Biancardi 
Pierce, and Christina Blanco were in the 
wedding party. Other attendees included 
Paul Cri Salli, Mike D'Occhio, Jen Schuster, 
Garrett Swanberg, Sharon Panda, Katie 
Scalley, Colleen Walsh-Vann, Ann Bogo, 
Gregg Saline, Jim Woods, Chris Foresto, Jim 
Collins, Pat Gagnon, Stephanie Calone- 
Gagnon, Greg Stepka, and Joe Ciolino. • 
Autumn Davis is still living in the Boston 
area, but moved from Watertown to 
Newton. This is her fourth year teaching 
Spanish at Boston College High School. 
PeteTrivelas in still working and living in 
Boston, and doing great! • Patience Leonard 
got married in June 2001. Josephine 
Sciarrino and Charise Rohm attended. 
Gretchen Schubert got married in June 2001 
as well. I attended that wedding in MN. • In 
September, Michelle Breitman and Dawn 
Krieger took a trip to London and Paris, and 
Dawn and Josephine Sciarrino made a trip 
to the South of France and Italy. • Mary Pat 
Lancelotta was in Australia and Tokyo for a 
few months with Accenture. • Darlene Sliva 
and Erin Kelly were living in Chicago for 
three years and were working at 
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, both as 
nurses working in the Neurosurgical Spinal 
Cord ICU and Medical ICU, respectively. 
Last September, both accepted travel nurs- 
ing intensive care positions in San Diego 
and then in HI, each location for three 
months. After their traveling experiences, 
both are looking forward to pursuing gradu- 
ate school. Darlene is applying to nurse 
anesthesia school for entrance next fall, 
hopefully in Chicago. • In May, JonMarc 
Buffa graduated from Notre Dame Law 
School. He took an attorney position at the 
national law firm of Arter & Hadden. He is a 
litigator in the Los Angeles office. • Becky 
Slade was married on August 25, 2001 on 
Cape Cod to Christopher MacDonald. The 
reception was at the Popponesset Inn in 
New Seabury. Becky is a CPA working at 
PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, and 
effective in 2002, will be transferring with 
the company to San Francisco. Chris will 
attend flight school out there. Bridesmaids 
included Jen Sheehan, currently studying for 
joint master's and teaching degree at Tufts 
University, Lindsay Hayes, who just 
obtained her master's and is going for doc- 
torate at U Maryland in public relations, and 
Melinda Metz, who moved to VA from Los 
Angeles to teach kindergarten. Groomsmen 
included Jason Micks, who works in invest- 
ment management at Amex in Minneapolis. 
Gretel Twombly, who works in the movies 

and is living in Los Angeles, did a reading in 
the ceremony. Others in attendance were 
Keri Rourke, working in Austin for CSC, 
Stephanie Galeota, who, after a year teach- 
ing for Boston Public Schools, took a teach- 
ing position in St. Croux; Andrea (Witt) 
Sendlenski, married in June 2000 and who 
finished up Suffolk Law School last spring; 
Rob Desanto and Danielle Wood, both living 
in MD, Mike Fattal, who entered medical 
school in Boston last fall; Amanda 
Mahoney, living in Los Angeles and working 
in the movie business; and Jenny 
Kovecevich, who was eating dinner with her 
husband coincidentally at the inn during the 
reception and recognized Becky's name and 
stopped in. Jenny was married last year and 
is living with her husband on the Cape. • 
Brad McConville left Chicago last fall, where 
he was working as a counselor at a psychi- 
atric hospital, and moved to IA to start med- 
ical school at the University of Iowa. Kristin 
Pugh is still working at Bullhorn and still liv- 
ing in Boston's North End. • Troy Turick is 
working for an advertising agency in Far 
Hills, NJ. Troy will be traveling around the 
country with Michael Foster beginning April 
2002. They plan to hit all forty-eight contigu- 
ous United States. They'll be doing a lot of 
camping and "couch-crashing" and are look- 
ing for volunteers! • Natalie (Scott) Dwyer 
spent her first year after BC teaching sixth 
and seventh grade at an all boys military 
school. She then worked for two years with 
the County of Orange in adoptions while 
going to grad school for social work at USC. 
Currently, she is interning at UCI Medical 
Center in the Trauma/ER Department as a 
medical social worker and loves it! Last July 
21, she married her high school sweetheart, 
Jason Dwyer. They now live in Newport 
Beach, CA. • Danielle Cappanelli left her 
position at the Museum of Fine Arts in 
Boston to pursue a master's in fine arts. She 
received a fellowship and is studying Italian 
Renaissance art at Syracuse University's 
abroad campus in Florence, Italy. • This col- 
umn is in memory of Bryan Bennett, who 
was working in the WTC on September 11. 
His family held a memorial service on 
September 22. 


Emily Frieswyk 
141 Lake Shore Road #1 
Brighton, MA 02135 
emily_frieswyk@ hotmail. com 

2002 Ballot/Alumni Association Board 
Candidate Watch: Classmate Cristian Baird is 
running for director, less than ten years. 


Kate Pescatore 
63 Carotin Trail 
Marshfield, MA 02050 

Hello class of 2000. Here are your updates 
for this issue. Congratulations to Su-Ying 
Leung as she was recently crowned Miss 



Maine USA. Su is currently living in 
Portland, ME, where she is preparing to 
compete for the Miss USA crown. You can 
watch her March 1, 2002, on CBS. Good 
luck, Su! Alice Lehne is doing well at her 
Peace Corps position in Africa. She recently 
received her own post office box and loves 
to get mail. If anyone would like to get in 
contact with her, just drop me an email, and 
I will send out her new address. Finally, I 
would like to send a long distance thanks to 
our fellow classmate, Rafael Castillo. He 
generously established a link on his home- 
page as a message board after the events of 
September 11. Rafael, you provided many of 
us with news and reassurement about our 
friends and classmates. I, along with many 
others, appreciated it. Please let me know 
about any exciting news about our fellow 
classmates. I love to share that information 
with all of you, but I need your help to keep 
the information flowing. 


Erin O'Connor 
825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02458 

Hello Class of 2001! Welcome to your first 
entry into the Classnotes section of the 
Boston College Magazine. I am looking for 
information about you to enter into the next 
issue. Where have you traveled since gradu- 
ation? Who have you run into? What have 
you been doing? Let the rest of us know 
what is happening in your life so that we can 
keep our class connected. For starters, we 
already have a potential star in our class: 
Brian TafTe, a communications major, has 
taken his first job with TV-7, an ABC affiliate, 
in Bangor, ME. Brian was originally hired as 
a reporter but will now be appearing as a 
weekend anchor in the Bangor viewing area. 
Make sure to tune in on Saturday and 
Sunday nights to see Brian! That's all the 
news for now. The Alumni Association is 
looking for a permanent volunteer to 
become the class correspondent. If you are 
interested, send your name and contact 
information to Tracy Strauss, BCAA 
Communications Assistant This is your chance 
to become involved with one of the best 
alumni networks around. Have a wonderful 



Elizabeth Ann Corman 
Fulton Hall 154-A 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Italian imports called wwwbottega- • Linda Tulloch (Eisenberger) 
MBA'90 and her husband, Ken, welcomed 
the birth of Claire Allison in October. They 
also have a son, Jack, age two. • Alexis 
Sarkissian MBA '91 was promoted to 
General Manager of Piaget Japan, Ltd. 
Previously, Alexis was manager of 
Piaget's Switzerland office. Alexis and his 
wife, Jennifer, live in Tokyo, Japan with their 
two children. • Julie Taylor MBA '96 is cur- 
rently pursuing a doctoral degree in psychol- 
ogy. • Marcelo Dadone MBA '97 recently 
joined Armando & Partners, an accounting 
and advisory firm in Cordoba, Argentina. • 
David Hybels MBA '97 and his wife, 
Caroline, welcomed their daughter, Lydia, in 
November. Congratulations. • Tim Cooke 
MBA '98 wed Carroll School communica- 
tions assistant, Amy Graham. Many alumni 
attended the wedding held in MD on 
November 3. • Glenn Barry MBA/MSF '99 
recently became a CFA charter-holder and 
accepted a new position at Sun Life 
Financial in the Derivatives and Investment 
Strategies group. Congratulations Glenn! • 
Pam Petropolous MBA '98 is in the market- 
ing department of Cimmetry Systems in 
Montreal, Canada. • Sandy O'Shaughnessy 
Mulkern MBA '98 and her husband, 
Michael, joyfully announce the birth of 
Madeline Alexandra, born in January. • Suzie 
Sergi MBA '98 is the regional solutions 
manager for DigitalThink in Boston. • 
Jennifer Brock MBA 'oi was recently hired as 
the museum partner manager for, a company based in 
Arlington, MA. Jennifer lives in Carlisle, MA, 
with her husband, Mark, a 1992 graduate of 
the School of Management. • Chris White 
and Hussein Alhadi MBA '01 launched their 
new company, MVS, soon after graduation. 
Best of luck to Chris and Hussein! • For 
additional alumni news, please refer to the 
"Carroll Connection." 


Jane T. Crimlisk '74 

416 Belgrade Ave. Apt. 25 

W. Roxbury, MA 02132 

Martin Malinow MBA '87 recently moved 
from Houston, TX, to Westport, CT. Martin 
is co-founder of a financial products busi- 
ness. • Yoshio Shiina MBA '90 is currently 
working at Novartis Animal Health in Tokyo, 
Japan. • Nancy Barker MBA '90 recently 
returned to the U.S. from Milan. Nancy cre- 
ated an e-commerce shopping site for 

(Our Lady of the Presentation, Brighton) 
and I was a friend of her sister, Marilyn, who 
died many years ago when we were in gram- 
mar school. • Edwin DeSimone '66 died on 
August 28. Prayers and condolences are 
extended to the cousins of Geraldine and to 
the family of Edwin DeSimone. If you have 
any news, please drop me a note. 


Dean Michael A. Smyer 
McCuinn Hall 221A 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 
(617) 552-3265 

Joyce M. O'Connor '62 passed away on 
August 18, 2001. • William P. Jacoby '60 
passed away on August 13, 2001. • Sr. Alice 
Marguerite O'Brien '71 passed away May 22, 
2001. • Rita M. Battles '71 a Tenet 
Healthcare Corporation executive with exten- 
sive management experience at large inte- 
grated healthcare systems, has been 
appointed president of UMASS Memorial 
Health Care's University Campus. 


Laurel Eisenhauer 
Cashing Hall 202 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Mary Amsler '49 keeps herself busy and is 
an active member of the West Roxbury chap- 
ter of Massachusetts Citizens for Life. I had 
the pleasure of sitting at the same table with 
Mary at the annual MCFL dinner. • Brian 
Smail, O.F.M. '89, ministers to the Spanish 
community at St. Anthony's Shrine and cele- 
brates Mass every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. 
in Spanish. Also, Fr. Brian assists the mar- 
riage tribunal office in Brighton on cases 
that need a Spanish interpreter. I promised 
Fr. Brian that I would continue to keep him 
in prayer during this difficult time in his life. 
His mother, Shirley, died September 21, six 
weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. • I 
was sad to learn about the death of 
Geraldine Gardner '68, '72, who died on 
September 12. Geraldine was three years 
ahead of me in grammar and high school 

Denise Charron-Prochownik MS '82 was 

recently awarded the 2001 Nightingale 
Award for Nursing Research, given by the 
Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania for indi- 
viduals who demonstrate excellence in nurs- 
ing research and who have made 
contributions to patient care. She is on the 
faculty of the University of Pittsburgh and is 
a pediatric nurse practitioner at Children's 
Hospital of Pittsburgh. • Elizabeth Ruthful 
Lenz, MS '67 is now dean of the College of 
Nursing at Ohio State University. • Carolyn 
Corliss Padavano PhD '92 is vice president 
of ZA Consulting, LLC; she consults on busi- 
ness operations, research, informatics, edu- 
cation, and public health care. • Diane Berry 
MS '97 is a diabetes trial coordinator at Yale 
University; she also is a doctoral candidate 
at BCSON. • Karen Aroian MS '79 is holder 
of an endowed chair at the College of 
Nursing at Wayne State University. • Pay Fan 
Lin PhD '01 is now assistant professor and 
director of the planning and coordination 
division of the Research and Development 
Center at National Taipei College of Nursing. 


Linda Rosa 
McCuinn Hall 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

I have received a significant number of 
address changes and new email addresses. 
Thank you! For those of you interested in 
keeping your address updated please take 
advantage of the BC online community. In 
order to facilitate this you should log on at . You can also receive 

BC email this way. • Lisa (Crunstein) 
Eisenbud '94 is executive director of the 
Garden State Coalition for Youth and Family 
Concerns. She has held this position since 
1 995. This organization is NJ's strongest 
advocacy group working on behalf of adoles- 
cents in crisis and runaway homeless youth 
and adults. She married David Eisenbud in 
1997 and has two girls, and lives in rural 
western Nj. • Kathryn Mclnnis-Misenor '98 
had a baby girl, Sara Jeannette, on 
November 9, 1999. Kathryn is currently 
director of Maine Leap, a national pilot proj- 
ect for women and girls with disabilities at 
the YMCA of Greater Portland. • Roland 
Rose '75 married his wife Margaret in 1977. 
Regrettably after a two-year battle with can- 
cer, Margaret passed away on March 15, 
2001. Mr. Rose's plan is to return with his 
eleven-year-old daughter to complete their 
missionary work in the state of Chiapas, 
Mexico, which they left in March of 1999. • 
Linda Weiner '96 is currently working at 
Heritage at Cleveland Circle. This is a kosher 
assisted living environment for the elderly. • 
Captain Jeff Yarvis '94 will be attending the 
University of Georgia for his PhD in social 
work. He will be studying the combat and 
operational stress in UN Peacekeepers. Jeff 
will be joined by his wife, Laura, son Jacob, 
and new addition, Olivia. 

^1 Ch I 


Director of Alumni Relations 
Lynch School of Education 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

The School of Education at Boston College 
will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary in fall 
2002. The Lynch School will sponsor activi- 
ties and events throughout much of 2002 to 
mark this golden anniversary. More informa- 
tion to come! • James J. F. Forest PhD '98 is 
assistant dean for academic assessment and 
assistant professor of political science at the 
US Military Academy, West Point. He has 
recently published a new book, / Prefer to 
Teach (Routledge, 2001), and is co-editor of 
The Encyclopedia of Higher Education in the 
United States (two volumes: ABC-CLIO, 
2002). • Daniel P. Egan MA '98 and his wife, 
Donna, are happy to announce the birth of 
their second daughter, Claire O'Connell, on 
June n, 2001. Dan reports her big sister, 
Emma (two), is overjoyed with her new sis- 
ter. Dan is vice president with the govern- 
ment relations division of Trion 
Communications, Providence, Rl, a full-serv- 
ice government relations, public relations, 
and advertising group. Dan represents 
numerous local, state, and federal clients in 
the fields of transportation, energy, telecom- 
munications, and education. 


Vicki Sanders 
885 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02459 



Dear Boston College/Newton College Club Member: 

As spring approaches New England, the Alumni Association is also experiencing a 
revitalization in many ways. Our Reunion 2002 plans are both traditional and 
innovative, a manifestation of the many positive and forward-thinking changes that 
are occurring in our office while remaining deeply invested in the memories and 
traditions of the University. Two reunion weekends this year will allow for a more 
personalized reunion experience for each graduate and allow you to truly enjoy one 
another and the beauty of the BC campus. We are excited to be able to provide this 
new programming to help reconnect you with old friends and memories. 

Similarly, our national club program is experiencing a great deal of change and 
renewal as we bring a team approach to the club leadership structure. We hope to 
strengthen our current partnership with club leaders around the country, as well as 
generate steering committees to provide support for these leaders, who in turn will 
organize local alumni-related events. The support our office is able to offer both leaders 
and their committees will manifest itself in leaders' ability to truly reach out to their 
local alumni in ways that will most effectively benefit Eagles across the nation and 
speak to the needs of each region. 2002 will also see the furthering of our current 
international effort with the official launch of the Boston College Club of London. The 
effort of Bryan McLaughlin '95 and Jim McDonnell 'SB to organize this new program 
is yet t another example of the Eagle spirit even across oceans, as well as a wonderful 
example of the new leadership structure that will succeed in reconnecting alumni 
around the globe. 

We continue to encourage, support, and value our active club and class leaders and are 
always interested in making new connections on behalf of Boston College. If you are 
interested in getting more involved and becoming part of this process or if you have 
any questions, comments, or concerns regarding other club issues or events, please feel 
free to contact me at or 617-552-4752. Remember to visit for more information regarding specific regional club events in 
your area, as well as other alumni-related events and information. 

Go Eagles! 

Jack Moynihan 

Senior Associate Director 

We have BC clubs in these cities, 
countries, and regions around the 
world. Please contact Jack Moynihan 
at or at 
617.552.4752 for more information. 

Phoenix, AZ 
Los Angeles, CA 
Mission Viejo, CA 
San Diego, CA 
San Francisco, CA 
Hartford, CT 
Denver, CO 
Washington, DC 
Miami, FL 
Naples, FL 
Palm Beach, FL 
Sarasota, FL 
Chicago, IL 
Indianapolis, IN 
Baltimore, MD 
Portland, ME 
Cape Cod, MA 
Springfield, MA 
Worcester, MA 
Minneapolis, MN 
St. Louis, MO 
Manchester, NH 
Northern New Jersey 
Albany, NY 
New York, NY 
Rochester, NY 
Syracuse, NY 
Cleveland, OH 
Philadelphia, PA 
Pittsburgh, PA 
Providence, Rl 
Dallas, TX 
Seattle, WA 
Milwaukee, Wl 
Great Britain 
Greece 3^ 


Charles G. Duffy 10/99 


William J. Boehner 10/01 

Thomas F. McDermott n/oi 


Thomas P. Donovan 10/01 


Edward P. Boland n/oi 

Lawrence J. Riley 12/01 


Arthur E. Flynn 10/01 


Thomas P. Burns 11/00 

Francis D. McGaffigan n/oi 


Elmore M. Campbell 10/01 

William A. Connolly n/oi 

Edmund J. Kenny 05/01 


William J. Bulger 10/01 

Joseph A. Gavin, S.J. 10/01 


Thomas Martin Curran 07/01 

Joseph A. Timpany 10/01 

Joseph G. Turke 10/01 


John P. Kavanagh 07/01 


Edward J. Kiley 09/01 

Samuel Serpico 06/01 


Christina M. Dinapoli 03/01 


Robert J. Bliss 10/01 


John T. Farrell 08/01 

Rose Marie Gerace 10/01 

Bernard K. McGrath 08/01 

Arnold A. Rubin 12/01 


Edward J. Doherty 06/01 

Joseph E. Travers 06/01 


John T Donovan 06/01 

Francis M. O'Hara 12/01 


Bernard J. Driscoll 05/01 

Thomas S. Durant 10/01 

Alfred E. Finn n/oi 

Coleman P. Geary 10/01 

Richard J. Higgins 10/01 

Robert J. Mitchell n/oi 

Albert I. Murphy 05/00 

Daniel R. Shaughnessy 10/01 

John T Tierney 10/01 

Timothy E. Toohig, S.J. 09/01 


Alan J. Deerfield 


Francis E. Dooley 


Timothy L O'Brien 


Ann Maclone Preston 


Edward L Queeney 


Donald J. Shaker 


Francis A. Torpey 



Est. Of William Crimmings 


Frances Giso Gill 



Earl L Killilea 



Donald P. Bradley 

11 /oi 

Marian J. Ego 


John B. Natoli 



Doris Goulet Cayer 


Gerard R. Forgues 



Harold Goldstein 



John J. Chisholm 


Frances J. Murray 


Martin M. Santa 



Agnes Genevieve Nyhan, SCNJ 


Catherine Dooley Thayer 



Caryl P. Haskins 10/01 

Edward F. Sulesky 10/01 


Nathan M. Pusey n/oi 


Joseph A. Dornig 06/01 


Joseph N. Bolognini 08/00 

William C. Foehl n/oi 


Philip J. Steinkrauss 10/01 


Howard F. O'Brien 10/01 


Linda M. Betts 08/01 


Robert J. Tighe 09/01 


Regina Monaghan Letiziano 03/01 


Noreen T. Webber 10/01 


Christopher N. Bovers 10/01 


Gerard J. Paglia 



Constance A. Smith 



Carmen Dore Lewis 



William Louis Goodbody 


Alumni death list courtesy of 

Office of Development, More Hall, 140 

Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 



EVIL by choice 

NATHAN ENCLANDER: We've been asked to 
respond to evil in our fiction, and unlike the other 
authors, I have my whole body of work right here. 
[Laughter] I was raised very, very religious and 
now I'm very, very not religious, and I guess I was 
left with a superstitious belief in evil. Basically I'm 
an atheist with a real fear of divine retribution on 
this earth. 

I could probably say a lot more about evil in 
writers than evil in writing. But in fiction, I don't 
really think there's room for a pure evil. I looked at 
my own book, which has a story set under Stalin, 
whom I softened, and a story centered on Hitler, 
whom I made a ghost Hitler. I'm more interested in 
evil as a force. For me, the interest lies in how peo- 
ple function under it — how a group of Jews live 
under Nazism, a group of writers under Stalin. 

Similarly, in the books I love, when a pure evil is 
present it's almost always a condition under which 
the characters live, an umbrella evil. If I can anthro- 
pomorphize a bit and give a plague evil intent, then 
Camus' The Plague is an example. Or Kafka's The 
Trial. When I think of evil, injustice comes to mind. 

I'm going to read you a midrash this evening, a 
story based on a line in the Bible. So I went back to 
the Old Testament, to Pharaoh and the 10 plagues, 
one of my favorite biblical stories. Pharoah is an 
evil character, ruthless, a slayer of children, but if 
he was purely evil, the narrative would be of no in- 
terest. You wouldn't need 10 plagues, you'd need 
one plague. If you've got a purely evil character, 
stick a knife in his eye and it's done. It's justified. If 
you look at the Bible as literature, then I think this 
is why, before the plagues, God says to Moses, 
"Va'ani aksheh et lev paroh" "And I will harden 
Pharoah's heart." If Pharoah had hardened his own 
heart, there would be no story. We are presented 
with someone who does evil things, but in the end 
there's this very clear line where God says, I am 
going to harden Pharoah's heart. In this case of an 
extreme evil, it's God that does the hardening. The 
Old Testament presents us with shades of gray, 
forces us to empathize. 

I guess most of you probably know that at a Jew- 
ish wedding ceremony the groom breaks a glass 
under his foot. One of the things it represents is the 

destruction of Jerusalem, the fall of the Temple. 
Even under the huppah, under the wedding canopy, 
we don't allow for a pure joy. 

In that same vein, on Passover, when we cele- 
brate the exodus, the Jewish liturgy also recognizes 
the tragedy that took place for Egypt, for the op- 
pressors. We say the Hallel prayer — a prayer of 
joy — on Jewish festivals. But on Passover we say a 
half-Hallel because we remember the Egyptians 
who died during the Israelite's redemption and 
therefore can't wholly rejoice. I thought back to the 
black-and-white world that I grew up in. The cler- 
gy, the teachers, may present a black-and-white 
world, may present a pure evil and pure good. But 
the books, the religions themselves, aren't that way. 

Now I'm going to read you a midrash I've writ- 
ten. It's called "Clearing God's Name." 

God planted a garden in Eden, to the east, and 
placed there the man whom he had formed. 

Genesis 2:8 

There is a common misconception about the order 
of things. When the Earth was tohubohu, and Up 
did not have the slightest inclination to separate 
from Down, and Wet did not intend to give way to 
Dry, God looked Earthward with Adam at His side. 

"I will send you to that place," said God. 

"I don't want to go," Adam told Him. 

God began to lift the sky from under the sea. 
The roiling mass tried to hold its formlessness, 
earth clinging to the hand of God, trailing up to- 
ward the sky until it could go no further, the moun- 
tains born from failure. 

"I will not go," insisted Adam. 

God laughed. It was only the start, a gessoing of 
the canvas. With a giant spoon of stone, God 
scooped out the oceans, scraped out the lakes, and, 
as if considering a half-eaten slice of custard pie, 
turned the spoon over and scratched out all the 
rivers of the world. Adam was not impressed. 

For Adam, He added color to the fish in the sea, 
placed billy goats on rocky ledges, and added to the 
ibex a second horn. Still Adam refused to descend. 

BOS I ON COLl EGE \1 U, \/l\l< 29 

Eternity piled onto itself as the discussion contin- 
ued, as God, laughing all the while, spruced up His 
little world. He hung fruit from the trees, hid milk 
inside coconuts and the udders of cows, turned 
some bees into hummingbirds and half the mice 
into bats. Still Adam would not go down. 

God put lightning in the clouds, then thunder to 
chase after it. He taught the chameleons to hide 
and hinged the armadillo's once-solid shell. All this 
was for His own entertainment as much as Adam's; 
He knew what offer must be made. 

"Keep your stubbornness. You can go about 
your business without any interference." 

"I will go, then," said Adam. 

God placed Adam on Earth, his body atop a 
hillock, his weight flattening the long virgin grass, 
the air around him at its sweetest, simply for never 
having been breathed by man before. 

But Adam would not awaken. 

God, that one and only time, came down to 
Earth. He sat on the right side of Adam at the top 
of that hill and whispered into his ear, entreated 
him, most politely, to come alive. 

"There will be ostriches," He said, "and ospreys, 
and aardvarks, and sun-showers." A warm rain 
began and the new animals, unafraid, sniffed the feet 
of the body not dead but not born to life. God start- 
ed the flowers pollinating and put a moon in the sky 
that would, throughout time, occasionally eclipse 
the sun. He made it so stars were not eternal, He 
sent meteors flying, started the sun spinning, and 
gave all the birds teeth. Looking up at the sky, God 
decided against the last two. He stopped the sun in 
its place and took the teeth from the mouths of the 
birds and gave them to the fish who were already 
blessed with brilliant color. The birds became jeal- 
ous, and God gave them feathers without a second 
thought. He was most concerned with man. 

Finally, He said, "There will be Eve." He fash- 
ioned her right there on the hill and placed her at 
Adam's left side. She waited in a most peaceful fash- 
ion to be woken into the world. 

Obstinate and unalive, Adam offered no wel- 
come, no commentary on the weather or the pleas- 

ant sensation of resting in the sharp, cool grass. 

Adam had become shrewd at God's side. He had 
learned that dawn and dusk threw the same shad- 
ows, though they fell on opposite sides of the tree. 
He had learned, also, that Good and Evil were a 
single force — just as rain, if God deems it, will 
flood the bounty it creates. It was only in His 
image — with a sin for every kindness, a decision in 
every deed — that Adam was willing to walk the 
land. But God, so in love with His new Earth and 
His man and His woman, and excited, like any fa- 
ther, for all the joy to come, did not want to see 
pain in the eyes of His children. He did not want to 
hear the endless crying as night moved in a circle 
around the globe. 

He was only trying to protect them. 

"Fine," He said, reluctantly. "Fine, Adam. What 
is freedom without choice? You may have it." God 
pressed His lips against Adam's ear, to whisper into 
it the last of the gifts. "There will be Evil, Adam. 
You may have Evil as well as Good." 

And Adam knew this to mean that he was free, a 
god himself, a maker of choices, that the future was 
no longer closed. Adam opened an eye and rolled 
over toward Eve, placed a hand on her shoulder to 
wake her, a kiss on that shoulder to welcome her to 
life, his head light, still dizzy with that first long 

God, then, went back, forever, to Heaven. 

I only tell you this to set the story straight, out 
of fairness to God. For it is time that the miscon- 
ception was corrected, that God's name was finally 
cleared of guilt. 

In the beginning, on a hill, it was man who first 
turned his back on the Lord. 

Nathan Englanders short stories have appeared in the 
Adantic Monthly and the New Yorker. His first col- 
lection, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, was pub- 
lished in 1999. Englander received the PEN/Malamud 
Award for Excellence in Short Fiction in 2000, the sa?ne 
year his ''''The Gilgul ofPai'k Avenue" was named an 0. 
Henry Prize winner. "'Clearing Gods Name' 1 '' is reprint- 
ed by permission ofAragi, Inc. 






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when the audience was still arriving and the houselights had not all been 
turned on yet, Mitzi Jeter made her prefight visit to the ring. Wrapped in 
crisp black and red sweats, she climbed through the ropes and moved delib- 
erately around their inside perimeter, leaning into them to feel how they 
gave, shuffling and bouncing as well to test the footing. Having com- 
pleted the circuit, she stood in one corner for a few minutes, still and watch- 
ful in the gloom, then crossed to the 
opposite corner and stood there for 
a while. "I always do that before a 
fight," she explained a few hours 
later, after her bout. "I'm visualizing 
the fight, how it will go, my oppo- 
nent. I'm getting used to the surround- 
ings, the room, the lights, everything. 
There was a soft spot out there in 
the floor tonight; you need to know 
that. I don't want anything to catch 
me off-guard or surprise me, even 
something like seeing some seats out 
of the corner of my eye in a place I 
don't expect them. And I'm a Christian; 
I don't want to step in there without 
God's protection and blessing on 
me, so there's praying going on, too." 

fight card at the Teachers Union Hall, a waterfront 
blockhouse in Dorchester that squeezed the ring, 
the fighters, and a couple of hundred spectators be- 
tween a low drop-ceiling and industrial-strength 
office carpeting. The promoter had come up with 
an action-movie tag line to advertise the event — 
"Fully Loaded" — and had arranged an undercard of 
bouts between men in which local fighters defeated 
undistinguished opponents. The mismatches were 
predictable, but not egregious enough to qualify as 
criminal. The keyed-up local guys furiously assailed 
the out-of-staters, who, depending on mood and 
ability, covered up or fought back. Nobody got 
killed, and everybody except the losers and their 
seconds had a good time. 

When Jeter and her cornermen made their en- 
trance into the ring, two young women and one 
man preceded them down the aisle, holding high 
the belts representing Jeter's titles: The IWBF and 
International Female Boxing Association recog- 
nized her as welterweight champion of the world, 
and she also held the intercontinental title (one step 
short of the world title) of a third sanctioning body, 
the Women's International Boxing Federation. 
Dawne George was already in the ring, the chal- 
lenger's faction having entered first in accordance 
with fistic tradition. It was time for the main event. 

"Smokin"' Mitzi Jeter, a 38-year-old elementary 
school gym teacher from Chatsworth, Georgia, was 
in Boston to defend her International Women's 
Boxing Federation (IWBF) welterweight title 
against Dawne "The Devastator" George, a 42- 
year-old prison guard from Gardner, Massachu- 
setts. Their bout headlined a modest Friday night 

"Smokin" Mitzi Jeter (left) and Dawne "The Devastator" George 
(right) at the IWBF welterweight championship in Boston 


might have believed he was making history by pre- 
senting a women's title bout as the headliner, a first 
in Massachusetts, but the evening's historical signif- 
icance more properly resided in its business-as- 
usual quality. The two fighters weighed in under 
the welterweight limit, the commission's mandato- 
ry prefight examinations determined that neither 
fighter was injured or HIV-positive or pregnant, an 
impartial referee enforced the rules, three licensed 
judges (two of them from out of state, as Jeter's 
manager-husband and the IWBF had insisted) ren- 

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dered an unbiased decision despite the fact that the 
challenger was local and the champion was not, and 
everybody got paid — not much, but what they ex- 
pected. The fight was just another day at the office, 
and that, in the long view, is news. 

Women bent on mixing it up have always found 
their way into the fights, even when the sport or 
their participation in it was illegal. Women fought 
on the illicit margins of the legitimate boxing world 
for most of the 20th century. Bareknuckle bouts be- 
tween women were common in the 18th and 19th 
centuries. And (to follow the line all the way back) 
the recent discovery of the remains of a young 
woman buried with gladiatorial honors in a Roman 
cemetery in London seems to confirm archaeolo- 
gists' belief that fighting women carved out a place 
for themselves in the ancient world's bloodsport 

The current boom in women's boxing, which 
began almost a decade ago, may be just the latest 
episode in this long history, but it also has occa- 
sioned major changes in the fight world. The in- 
creasingly institutionalized character of women's 
boxing is a new development: title-granting organi- 
zations (multiple, competing, and variably shady, 
just like those in men's boxing) award belts and rank 
contenders, state commissions regulate women and 
men alike, and a formal amateur network under- 
girds the profession. For the first time since the rise 
of boxing to state-regulated legitimacy a century ago, 
it is now common practice to include a women's 
bout among men's bouts, or to stage all-women's 
cards. To the extent that any boxing is legitimate, 
women's boxing has become increasingly legiti- 
mate, and sometimes it can even be the main event. 


one needed to know that Jeter had been winning 
fights of one kind or another for most of her life, 
ever since taking up karate in childhood; that her 
record after three-plus years of professional boxing 
was 15-3-1; that she usually went the distance, 
seeming to gain strength as her opponent tired, and 
won by decision; and that among her victories were 
two previous decisions over George, who, at 4—7-1, 
usually knocked out her opponent when she won but 
had never gone 10 rounds. Both were in sound fight- 
ing shape. George, the bigger- framed of the two 
welterweights, had trained down to a lean but broad- 
shouldered 145 pounds. Jeter's body, at 146 pounds, 
was smoother, its strength concentrated in the legs. 
The challenger landed some hard punches, espe- 

cially when she switched to a southpaw stance in 
the middle rounds, but the champion put on the 
evening's only exhibition of accomplished technical 
boxing. Jeter jabbed and double-jabbed to set up 
combinations, circling to create advantageous an- 
gles of attack. She made George's punches miss, 
then made her pay for missing. She drove with her 
legs and shifted her weight in the clinches, encour- 
aging George to spend her upper-body strength in 
pushing back with inferior leverage. The only blow 
that caught Jeter by surprise was an illegal one, an 
accidental headbutt in the third round that stag- 
gered her. The referee, a smiling gent with flowing 
white hair, gave Jeter a few seconds to recover. 
After the unscheduled break she went back to work 
with a burst of punching that won the round for 
her. An uneasy male voice called out from George's 
corner, "Get busy, girlfriend." 

Both boxers' trainers had the limber, straight- 
backed carriage of fighting men in advanced middle 
age. Squatting in front of George's stool between 
rounds, her trainer shouted, "You got to hit her! 
Let your hands go! Boom-boom-boom-BOOM!" 
He threw an illustrative sequence of punches 
alarmingly close to her face. Jeter's corner was qui- 
eter, almost peaceful. While her husband knelt on 
the canvas in front of her, silently giving her water 
and applying ice and then Vaseline to her face, her 
trainer stood on the ring apron and craned through 
the ropes to murmur in her ear. When George 
began to tire in the seventh round, grabbing Jeter 
more often and leaning heavily on her, Jeter's train- 
er called out "Can you feel her weight?" just loud- 
ly enough to cut through the crowd noise. Jeter 
accepted even more of George's weight in the 
clinch, then turned her and stepped away suddenly 
to one side, causing George to stumble forward off- 
balance. Jeter nailed her with a jab, a cross, and a 
hook — left, right, left — before George could get 
back into position. 

Jeter scored well the rest of the way with this 
sidestepping tactic out of the clinches, sweeping the 
late rounds and winning the fight by a wide margin 
on every judge's card. Holding her wrist, the refer- 
ee raised Jeter's ungloved but still-wrapped hand in 
victory after the ring announcer intoned the tradi- 
tional formula: "The winner, and still welterweight 
champion of the world. ..." 


boxing, with a core of serious practitioners and 
many more who are semiserious or just in it for the 

34 WINTER 2002 


workout, makes it difficult to determine how many 
women box. Frank Globuschutz, founder of an all- 
women's gym on Long Island and guiding force of 
the IWBF (in which capacity he gave Mitzi Jeter a 
big postfight hug), has estimated that there are 
more than 2,000 female professionals in the United 
States and perhaps half as many amateurs, each 
group constituting less than a third of the world- 
wide total. A woman arriving in the gym these days 
with an inchoate urge to box finds that, unlike 
women in previous eras, she can give form to that 
aspiration by plugging herself into the fight world's 
standard routine. First, she becomes a regular at the 
gym, finds a trainer, spars with peers and more ex- 
perienced stablemates. Then she enters the Golden 
Gloves amateur tournament in her state; if that 
goes well, she can fight for national amateur titles 
and try to qualify for international tournaments. 
Eventually, if she turns pro, she signs with a man- 
ager who can line up plausible competition and 
pursues the attention of promoters, sponsors, and 
television executives; as her career progresses, she 
angles for higher-profile fights, title belts, bigger 

Among the several social and cultural frames one 
might place around this phenomenon — and its high 
visibility in a recent round of movies, books, news 
features, and advertisements — is the larger move- 

ment of women into traditional proving grounds of 
American manhood. The generation of women 
currently integrating boxing, contact sports, hunt- 
ing, and the military combat arms (not to mention 
action movies) has grown up in a time of remark- 
able fluidity in the sexual division of work and play. 
In particular, the assumption of a male monopoly 
on skilled, socially valued aggression has been seri- 
ously undermined, and not only by the feminist im- 
pulse. The Title IX legislation of 1972 that enabled 
the late 20th-century boom in women's sports was 
a symptom as much as a cause of the movement of 
women into previously off-limits areas. Beneath 
and behind the transformation of play lies the 
transformation of work: the final collapse of the 
family wage system that theoretically allowed a 
working man's salary to support his wife and chil- 
dren, together with the complementary movement 
of men into service jobs that resemble what used to 
be called "women's work." Deindustrialization, the 
mechanization of farming, and the expansion of 
service work, especially, have helped to undermine 
the traditional calculus of masculinity based on 
body work and associated rough play, on being 
good with one's hands. 

A variety of enterprising women have undertak- 
en to explore the evocative ruins of that partially 
collapsed tradition and to salvage usable parts for 

BOS ION COM !•(;!• \l \(, \/l\l' 35 


their own purposes. Women pushing for access to 
the fight world have been part of a larger push in 
the realms of work and play (which overlap at the 
fights) to claim once "manly" virtues that boxing is 
known to nurture and embody: autonomy, physical 
competence, and discipline, all wrapped up with 
productive aggression. 


an appetite for hitting as incompletely explicable as 
that which urges men into the ring, come to boxing 
from a variety of directions. A few come from fight- 
ing families; they grow up trading punches with 
brothers, or learn the ropes from fathers. More 
women, for the most part educated and middle- 
class, are recruited through the boxing-themed aer- 
obic exercise regimes currently popular in health 
clubs. They grow tired of punching air to the beat 
and begin to wonder what it feels like to hit some- 
body who hits back. Others, the multi-sport ath- 
letes, come to boxing after playing organized sports 
in high school or college. Most of those sports offer 
little in the way of a professional future, and boxing 
is so individualistic that an extraordinarily motivat- 
ed woman can take it up in earnest while still earn- 
ing a living at day jobs or even pursuing a 
full-fledged career. 

The majority of female boxers come to boxing 

through martial arts, which tend to emphasize 
technique over brute strength and which have been 
relatively integrated in the United States since the 
late 1960s and 1970s, when feminism and a spike in 
crime statistics inspired widespread interest in 
women's self-defense. Dawne George, who began 
training as a boxer in part to lose weight, has a black 
belt in tae kwon do. Mitzi Jeter won a national 
championship in sport karate and tried amateur 
kickboxing before moving on to boxing. Jeter 
switched to boxing three-and-a-half years ago, she 
said, "in part because of the popularity of women's 
boxing, but also because of the natural progression 
of intensity. Sport karate was more like a tag game, 
kickboxing was more intense, boxing is even more 
intense. Some things are the same — the fact that it's 
fighting, the way you stay balanced and centered. 
But probably the biggest difference is distance, and 
intensity." Jeter was talking to reporters at Slade's, 
a nightclub in Roxbury, at a press event the day be- 
fore the fight. She got up to demonstrate how the 
distance between combatants shrinks and the deci- 
sive violence of their encounter escalates as one 
moves from sport karate to kickboxing to boxing. 
Everybody gave her plenty of room. 

Jeter's and George's biographies also suggest the 
range of class trajectories that deliver women into 
the ring. Jeter, like many of her female peers and 

36 WINTER 2002 

unlike most men in the business, has solid middle- 
class credentials: a degree in health and physical ed- 
ucation from Barry College in Georgia, a teaching 
career, options. She never faced the classic choice 
between fighting and factory work, nor did she take 
up boxing to protect herself on the street. George's 
trajectory, by contrast, resembles the classic por- 
trait of the male boxer in at least two respects: She 
grew strong doing hard manual labor in furniture 
factories, and she found boxing in prison, albeit as 
a guard rather than an inmate. 

The two women have in common their entry 
into boxing at an extremely advanced age. Neither 
grew up in boxing, and it is certainly not a sport 
that they could have learned in school. Both had to 
make their way to it as adults through a changing 
social and cultural landscape. One might think of 
them as part of a backlog of women who have only 
begun to act on their fighting potential in the past 
few years. If the sport continues to grow, and if in 
time at least a prominent handful of women can 
make a decent living as boxers, this cohort of older 
pioneers (including most of the middle-class fight- 
ers) will be squeezed out by younger women who 
will come straight to boxing in their teens — hungry, 
committed fighters, most of them working-class, 
who will choose boxing over other life options and 
other sports. (Women's boxing may actually have a 
recruiting advantage over men's boxing in that re- 
spect, because football siphons off many of the boys 
with an appetite for hitting.) 

Now, for all their seriousness about boxing, nei- 
ther Jeter nor George can make a living in the ring. 
Bear in mind that Jeter holds two world welter- 
weight titles but made "less than $10,000," accord- 

ing to her manager-husband, in her fight with 
George; male welterweight champion Sugar Shane 
Mosley can make $3 million-plus for an ordinary 
title defense, much more for a big bout against a 
marketable opponent. Female boxers, even more 
than men, do it primarily for the challenge, the 
feeling of accomplishment, the momentary glory, 
the potency, the hitting. These mostly intangible 
rewards matter a great deal, but steady income 
must derive from elsewhere, which usually entails a 
working life beyond the ring that eats up significant 
amounts of time and energy. On the Sunday after 
their Friday-night fight, George, a single mother of 
four and a grandmother, would be back at her part- 
time job as a short-order cook, and on Tuesday she 
would be back at work at the North Central Cor- 
rectional Institute. Jeter would be back at the 
Spring Place Elementary School. "The kids are 
done for the year," she said, "but Tuesday, Wednes- 
day, and Thursday at school we have post-planning, 
then I have to take some classes this summer." And 
both fighters, of course, would soon be back in the 
gym, training. 


the gym, though, they face long odds in fighting 
their way out of the bind that the boxing business, 
forever suspended between craft and entertain- 
ment, puts them in. The novelty of women's box- 
ing, an institutional fledgling, makes it especially 
susceptible to the eclipse of skillful fighting by the 
priorities of showbiz. 

That helps explain the less-than-acceptable cur- 
rent state of women's boxing. A fighter can only im- 
prove by facing competent opponents in the gym 

The play-by-play (pages 5-7): Mitzi Jeter (red trunks with black trim) and 
Dawne George (black trunks with red trim) meet in the ring. George press- 
es forward on the attack, and Jeter tries to contain that attack and then 
counter it. When they come together, Jeter muffles George's punches with 
her arms and drives with her legs, making George expend upper-body 
strength to keep her balance. Stepping to her left, Jeter shifts position to 
create leverage and an advantageous angle from which to punch. After 
scoring with a combination, she falls into a clinch with George, resting and 
looking to set up the next opportunity — CR 

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and in bouts, and there are not enough good female 
boxers to go around. Dawne George, for example, 
was game and strong, but her losing record made 
her a less-than-ideal challenger for a world title, 
and she did not offer Jeter, who had already beaten 
her twice, much of a test. 

Many women who fight for titles and on televi- 
sion are just not good enough boxers to merit such 
exposure, but they are game enough to wade in 
swinging, which always sells. Managerial skulldug- 
gery and incompetence produce far too many mis- 
matches (a major problem in men's boxing, also), 
but even fair matches between women too often 
turn into flailing sessions that do not belong on 
major fight cards. Euphemistic talk about women's 
boxing as "more honest" than men's boxing — 
"more action-packed," "tougher," and "fresher" — 
draws a veil of marketing-speak over the plain fact 
that green female scrappers, fighting short, two- 
minute rounds that encourage bell-to-bell punch- 
ing (men fight three-minute rounds), often beat the 
hell out of one another with less regard for defense 
and technique than more seasoned men display. 

Consider the contrast with women's basketball, 

which some see as more aesthetically and technical- 
ly pleasing than men's basketball. Female basketball 
players, the argument goes, work harder on pass- 
ing, shooting, and team play because they cannot 
rely so heavily on the sheer strength and athleticism 
that often turns the men's game into a Hobbesian 
bricklaying contest punctuated by improbable 
dunks. But proper basketball skills may be learned 
in school, where fisticuffs are always discouraged, 
and a major part of the entertainment value of 
women's boxing seems to reside in its zmsoundness: 
wild punching, no blocking or slipping of blows, 
action to the exclusion of craft. 

Women's boxing often pleases crowds because it 
looks, paradoxically, both conventionally manlier 
than men's boxing and more womanly. It looks 
more like the way men pretend to fight in movies, 
dishing out and taking outsize blows by the double 
handful. Yet at the same time the women's bouts 
that collapse into unskilled pummeling call to mind 
certain forms of pornography premised on the 
principle of the catfight. 

Those bouts anger fighters who pride them- 
selves on their skill. "I have some strong issues on 

Barbara Buttrick, founder and president of the Women's International Boxing Federation, as a teenager in London, 1948. Her defiant 
commitment to the sport opened the door for other women — few of them as good as Buttrick, who retired in i960 at 30-1-1. 

38 WINTER 2002 

"The winner and still welterweight champion of the world. . . ." 

gender discrimination and sport," Mitzi Jeter said 
at Slade's, her soft Georgia voice hardening a 
touch. "More people would enjoy women's fighting 
if there were better women fighters. But they want 
to put on a T and A show — pardon my language. It 
seems like they find the worst women fighters they 
can. They're all like this:" She did a perfect imita- 
tion of a novice, head back, eyes shut tight, throw- 
ing weak rapidfire blows with both hands. "It's like 
they want the women to look bad. You see what 
women can do in other sports, like Flo Jo [the 
Olympic sprinter], what women have done in bas- 
ketball, and soccer. And then you look at the 
women who fight on TV, and you know they aren't 
the best." 

Jeter half-jokingly used the word "conspiracy" to 
describe the primitive state of women's boxing, and 
one can see why she might suspect the fight world's 
male authorities of colluding to defend the fistic 
and cultural status quo. Do the best female boxers 
remain obscure precisely because they are threaten- 
ing? Why should Mia St. John — not much of a 
boxer, but easy enough on the eyes to appear on the 
cover of Playboy wearing boxing gloves and not 
much else — get bigger bouts than Jeter could ever 
dream of? Was promoter Bob Arum acting on 

purely economic motives when he dumped the in- 
comparable Lucia Rijker, the best female boxer on 
earth, and signed St. John instead? Why should 
women fight shorter rounds? Perhaps, like the in- 
junction that once barred women from running 
marathons, the rule protects an embattled ortho- 
doxy rather than women's health. 

Then again, conspiracy might be too strong a 
word. Powerful mixed motives drive boxing pro- 
moters and their associates in television, the casino 
business, and the sport's public and private govern- 
ing bodies. Sensing a demand for women's boxing, 
they want to cultivate an audience for it (and build 
a bigger female audience for all boxing). Part of 
cultivating that audience could well be to develop a 
large cohort of skilled female boxers, but to achieve 
that end promoters would have to patiently invest 
in upgrading the quality of women's boxing over 
the long run. As notoriously sharkish purveyors of 
violent entertainment, though, promoters are ori- 
ented toward short-term profit and not toward ef- 
fecting long-run change in the business or the 
surrounding culture. They know they can cash in 
right now on the appeal of the catfight — premised 
on the combatants' ineptitude — and the darkly 
timeless attraction of women getting beat up in 

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public. So promoters go for what they regard as the 
sure thing, showcasing inexperienced female 
brawlers and comely incompetents rather than 
sound boxers. The resulting messy slugfests be- 
tween women play not only to fans who value ac- 
tion over craft but also to those who regard a match 
between women as a palate-cleansing freaky sex 
show inserted among real fights. 

One might argue that the same mix of fascina- 
tions with athletic skill, nakedness, and sexually in- 
flected pain draws fans to men's boxing, but the 
proportions tend to be reversed. Some spectators 
may see a pornographic subtext in the spectacle of 
men boxing, but many spectators see any conjunc- 
tion of women and violence as primarily a sex show. 

The tangle of contradictions remains in evi- 
dence as women's boxing works into the fight 
world's collective psyche. Take, for example, the 
fight magazine Boxing Digest. Its editors, who pine 
in print for the lost golden age of "the nocturnal 


♦- ■ 



urban male subculture," have made clear their pre- 
ferred understanding of women's place at the fights: 
They discontinued a new section devoted to 
women's boxing after only a few issues, while con- 
tinuing to prominently feature a near-naked 
"Round Card Beauty of the Month" in every issue. 
But Boxing Digest also offers backhanded respect to 
women's bouts, which it includes in its small-type 
capsule reports on fight cards around the world. 
One typical recent report contrasted a "tame" main 
event between men to a slugfest between women 
on the undercard that served as "the real headliner" 
because, "as usual, the women's [bout] produced 
the most action." The mating of "action" to "as 
usual" implies praise for women's courage and for- 
titude (by which many men still affect to be sur- 
prised), but also distaste for yet another amateurish 
fight between female professionals. 

The staff writers at Boxing Digest exemplify the 
ringside point of view of most boxing literature — 
the noncombatant expert's perspective, with au- 
thority derived from experience in watching rather 
than doing. But some of the educated women who 
were pioneers in legitimate boxing in the 1990s 
have been writing and making movies about boxing 
from a commanding new in-the-ring perspective: 
books like Rene Denfeld's Kill the Body, the Head 
Will Fall (1997), Kate Sekules's The Boxer's Heart 
(2000), and Lynn Snowden Picket's Looking for a 
Fight (2000); movies like Katya Bankowsky's Shadow 
Boxers (1999) and Karyn Kusama's Girlfight (2000). 
Firsthand ring experience translates into powerful 
leverage when these women's books and movies 
urge a reconsideration of received ideas about gen- 
der and aggression, sex and violence. The manly art 
of self-defense having become esoteric in our age, 
most partisans of those received ideas have not 
given or taken a good one to the chops since grade 
school, which can put them on the defensive when 

Jacqui Frazier-Lyde (left) was a lawyer and Laila Ali (right) ran a 
nail salon before a six figure purse drew them into Ali-Frazier IV. 

40 WINTER 2002 

women with bloody knuckles enter the cultural bat- 
tle royal over the meaning of women's boxing. 


a 39-year-old lawyer and ex-college basketball play- 
er named Jacqui Frazier-Lyde fought a 2 3 -year-old 
celebrity-in-training named Laila Ali in the main 
event of a card at the Turning Stone casino in up- 
state New York, an event that was broadcast on 
pay-per-view television. The bout — which the pro- 
moters insisted on calling Ali-Frazier IV, placing it 
in the company of three great fights between the 
protagonists' illustrious fathers, Joe Frazier and 
Muhammad Ali — exemplified most of what was 
wrong with women's boxing, and also some of its 

Begin with the promise. Two female novices 
fighting an eight-round, nontitle bout divided a 
total purse (including a piece of the TV revenue) 
amounting to perhaps a quarter-million dollars, 
probably the biggest payday in the history of 
women's boxing. Not only did women headline a 
card that included a number of good male fighters, 
but the 6,500 or so people in attendance — includ- 
ing hundreds of reporters from all over the world — 
seemed to accept the notion that two daughters had 
charged themselves with upholding the family 
honor the old way, dukes up. A number of fear- 
some-looking female professionals in street clothes 
took the opportunity presented by the massive 
gathering of reporters to lobby for their own shot 
at the big time. There was a sense of possibility in 
the air. 

On the other hand, the fight itself belonged 
deep on the undercard at a local club, or in a Gold- 
en Gloves tournament. The combatants, who 
showed plenty of heart and little ability, had no 
business in a much-publicized main event. Frazier- 
Lyde could barely box at all, and Ali was only be- 
ginning to develop a style. Both had skipped 
amateur careers and assembled brief but undefeat- 
ed professional records by dispatching sacrificial 
patsies, so neither had much experience against 
competent opposition. Frazier-Lyde, the shorter 
and thicker aggressor, rushed in at the start of ever) 7 
round, taking punches and windmilling her own 
until she was gasping for breath. Her left-handed 
blows sort of resembled her father's definitive 
Philadelphia left hook, but when she threw her 
right the punch collapsed into a pushing motion 
known on the street as a moosh, more of a provo- 
cation than an effective form of assault. Ali, taller 

and leaner, knew how to move her feet, jab with her 
long left arm, and follow up with a straight right, 
but she forgot about all that and settled for throw- 
ing both hands indiscriminately when Frazier-Lyde 
charged her. If any blows were blocked by either 
fighter, it happened by accident as an incoming 
glove ran afoul of an outgoing one. Increasingly 
winded, the two traded swings like drunken sailors, 
landing scores of punches without leverage that had 
little effect other than to generate "action." 

The crowd, which had been inattentive during 
the undercard fights, came to life during the main 
event. This was more like it: a close, fast-paced 
bout with lots of hitting, celebrities, everything. 
People shouted out the fighters' names, taking spe- 
cial pleasure in chanting "A-li, A-li" again after all 
these years. They howled when the women went 
toe-to-toe, which was most of the time. Some of 
their enthusiasm was about boxing, some about 
women, some about women boxing — three differ- 
ent things — and some of it sprang from their mem- 
ories of Ali and Frazier pars. They went home 
satisfied by the result, a close victory for Laila Ali 
by majority decision. 

Mitzi Jeter, who was home in Georgia and re- 
fused to watch the bout on TV, was not satisfied. 
Even giving away 15 pounds and a giant reach ad- 
vantage, she was confident that she could have out- 
boxed Ali and Frazier-Lyde, perhaps even in 
succession on the same night. She dismissed their 
bout as "a publicity stunt" and worried that it had 
"hurt women's boxing." Frazier, she said, "is a joke. 
Ali, she's better than average, but still not a good 
fighter. Five years from now, after she's continued 
to work and train, she could be a good fighter. I'm 
surprised she let it be so close. That doesn't say 
much for her." 

Five years from now, the statuesque Ali will 
probably be making action movies and hawking her 
celebrity workout video; Frazier-Lyde will be 
lawyering again, happily retired from her brief ring 
career. Jeter, at 43, will be fighting or training oth- 
ers to fight, because fighting is her craft, her gift, 
her calling. 

Carlo Rotella, an assistant professor of English at Boston 
College, is the author of October Cities: The 
Redevelopment of Urban Literature (1998) and the 
forthcoming Good with Their Hands, from which 
portions of this article are adapted. His essay "Cut 
Time, " pan of another book-in-progress entitled The 
Distance, appeared in Best American Essays 2001. 

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Gerson: "The sport of boxing isn't really all that gory or crude." 

WED, 18 OCT 2000 

Hello Everyone, 

I have taken up a new activity to keep me mov- 
ing during the long winter. Boxing. I train for a 
couple of hours every day after work at the Fair- 
banks Boxing Club. Training is intense and diffi- 
cult, but apparently I am doing well, because I will 
be competing in my first official fight a week from 
Saturday. Yes, I know I'm crazy. 

I am scheduled to box a 26-year-old woman 
from the Yukon Territory. It will be her first fight, 
as well. I'll let you know how it goes. 

MON, 30 OCT 2000 

I WON! ! ! ! I got in that ring on Saturday night in 
front of over a thousand people, in the only female 
fight on a 15 -fight card, scared out of my mind, and 

Let me tell you what it was like. For over two 
weeks, I trained hard every day. I cut fat, alcohol, 
caffeine, carbs, and everything else that is fun and 
indulgent out of my diet. I hit the heavy bag, the 

speed bag, and did more crunches than I have in my 
whole life. I was in shape and I was ready. 

On Saturday morning I had a physical and was 
weighed in with my male teammates. While we 
waited, we watched the red, white, and blue ring, 
supplied by USA Boxing, being set up. George 
Foreman fought in that very ring as an amateur. 

I returned Saturday night to the gym only to 
find that my fight was going to be scratched — there 
was too big a weight differential. If I didn't lose 
three pounds and the girl I was supposed to fight 
didn't gain four pounds in the next hour, we would 
not be allowed to fight. I don't know what turned 
on inside of me, but I knew I had to fight, so I lost 
three pounds in an hour. I threw up, spat, ran inside 
with sweats and hats and mittens, and got rid of 
everything that I could. My opponent drank bottles 
and bottles of water. We made the official weigh-in, 
then we both had a couple of hours to recuperate 
before stepping into the ring. 

Mine was the 12 th fight of the night, one of the 
final fights leading up to the main event: the face- 

42 WINTER 2002 

off between the Number One and Number Three 
junior superheavyweights in the country. I got my 
hands wrapped, put on my headgear, groin and kid- 
ney protector, mouth protector, chest protector (a 
wonderful hard plastic bra that only female boxers 
have to wear), and slipped on my shiny blue Fair- 
banks uniform; someone tied up my gloves. As I 
stood in my corner, my coach kept reminding me 
that it was "just another day in the gym." The bell 
rang, and the first round began. 

I fought three two-minute rounds, and to tell 
you the truth, most of it is a blur. I remember get- 
ting hit so hard in the chin with a right cross that I 
couldn't believe I was still standing. But I had so 
much adrenaline at that point that people in the au- 
dience didn't even know the other fighter had con- 
nected. I faced her punches and rolled with them. 

By the end of the first round, I didn't know how 
I was going to make it. It is a scary thing being in 
that ring and knowing that getting beaten up is to- 
tally within the realm of possibility. But I saw that 
she was tired too, and in the second round, I con- 
nected my straight-punch combinations with an 
energy I didn't know I possessed. I hit her with a 1- 
2-1, and as she tried to sidestep away, I followed her 
around the ring, using my combinations until my 
arms couldn't do it anymore. By the end of the sec- 
ond round, we were both fighting with bloody 
noses. I had caused a standing 8-count in the sec- 
ond round, and I did it again in the third. The 
crowd was wild. I knew hardly anyone there, but 
people were screaming my name all over the gym. 
It was the support of the crowd that took me 
through the third round until my opponent and I 
were saved by the bell. 

When the judges announced that I had won the 
fight, the crowd exploded into a standing ovation. 
As I was climbing down the stairs from my corner, 
a woman sitting at ringside stood up and screamed, 
"You go, girl!" and jumped up and down. For the 
rest of the night, people kept approaching me, con- 
gratulating me, asking me for an autograph. I'm not 
kidding. Everyone kept telling me that I had clear- 
ly won, that I had beaten her badly, but I don't re- 
member that. All I remember is wanting to make it 
out of that ring with my nose in the same spot as it 
has always been. 

I came out of the bout relatively unscathed: a 
bloody nose, a fat lip, and some bruises on and 
under my chin where her cross connected with my 
face. It was hard and scary, and my face still hurts, 
but it was an unbelievable, euphoric feeling. The 

first-ever female champion of the Fairbanks 
Smokeout Amateur Boxing Tournament is alive 
and well! 

FRI, 05 JAN 2001 

My next bout is scheduled for mid-February. In the 
meantime, I continue to train four to five days a 
week in a sweaty, testosterone-filled gym, working 
to improve my left hook. 

My coach, bless his heart, is still a bit surprised 
to be training women to compete. He has a kind of 
unexpected pride, and says things to visitors and 
newcomers to the gym like: "You see her over 
there? When she's outside, she's just a regular girl. 
But when she walks through those doors, she be- 
comes a boxer." When I am doing well on my pad 
drills with him, sometimes he just stops and laughs. 
Not in a condescending way, but more out of de- 
light. Perhaps I should fuss about being called a 
"girl," but I am the first woman who's ever compet- 
ed for Fairbanks, and for now I will let my combi- 
nations do the talking. 

FRI, 16 MAR 2001 

There was a boxing tournament in Anchorage, so 
my team traveled the 360 miles down the Parks 
Highway. During the ride, I had one of those mo- 
ments when one realizes that life is a hilarious and 
unpredictable gift. There I was in a 15 -passenger 
van filled for the most part with high-school-aged 
boys, surrounded by the monumental beauty of the 
Alaska Range, listening to the "Rocky TV" sound- 

I didn't get a bout that night — there were no 
women in my weight class. However, the other two 
women on my team had their first fights, so I was 
there to help them prepare (I'm considered a veter- 
an after my October fight, I guess). Now the Fair- 
banks team has three female veterans — quite an 
accomplishment for a boxing club. 

MON, 19 MAR 2001 

I have no idea when my next fight will happen. It's 
twice as hard to find a match now that I have a vic- 
tory under my belt. For a lot of women, getting in 
the ring to compete for the first time takes some 
coaxing (I know it did for me), and word that a po- 
tential opponent has any victories at all can be in- 

And there are simply no women in my weight 
class. I usually weigh in at 158. (Here's an unex- 
pected side effect of boxing: geting used to telling 


the truth about how much I weigh and actually 
being okay with it.) If I can get myself in the low 
150s, I'll have a better chance of finding matches 
with some of the smaller fighters in the 140s. 

WED, 23 MAY 2001 

The military had their smoker in February, and 
they brought down their women to spar in prepa- 
ration for their bouts. All of them began boxing for 
the sole purpose of competing in the Army tourna- 
ment, so their technique and form weren't all that 
great. But they were in stellar shape, they were ag- 
gressive, and some of them hit like a truck. One 
sparring match in particular, against a tall, thick 
woman who easily outweighed me by 15 pounds, 
was pretty terrifying. I had just come back to the 
gym after a week of being laid up in bed with a hor- 
rible flu. My coach put me in with her for just one 
round, warning me that she hits "like a mule" with 
her right, but that I would be able to see it coming. 

I spent the entire round slipping rights that 
skimmed my headgear with a whoosh I had never 
heard before. It was true, you could see them com- 
ing for a mile, but I knew that if even one of them 
landed, I would have likely wound up on the canvas. 
I remember getting out of the ring and wanting to 
cry. My flu-damaged body was screaming at me. 

My coach came over to where I was sitting and 
told me that day that I was a real boxer, because I 
had put everything aside and got in there and did 
what needed to be done. 

So I may not get a fight every week, but I have 
my share of challenges. That woman wound up 
winning the Army tournament — I guess the other 
women didn't learn defense. 

I'm beginning a new training schedule: Three 
days of weight training a week, worked into two- 
hour-long practices. Lots of bag work, counter- 
punching drills, and a two-mile run at the end of 
every practice. 

FRI, 10 AUG 2001 

I got knocked to my knees for the first time this 
summer. I was in the ring with my assistant coach 
doing a counterpunching drill — kind of like spar- 
ring, only with a set sequence of punches, so you 
pretty much know what's coming at you. Well, even 
though in my mind I knew that a left hook was 
coming to my ribs, my body clearly forgot, and I 
didn't protect myself. One pop — not even full 
force — into my rib cage and I literally fell to my 
knees in the ring as if I were going to give praise to 

the great boxing god. And the tears came immedi- 
ately, not because I was upset, or even in that much 
pain, but more as a physiological reaction — as if he 
had laid that hook right into my tear ducts. 

Now, nothing will make you feel more like a 
sissy than tears in the ring, so I got up as fast as I 
could and asked if we could keep going, please. The 
guys standing around the ring taunted my coach for 
beating on a girl. Although the guys in the gym re- 
spect me, they still have a hard time hitting me. It's 
a strange combination: True respect as a woman 
boxer is often marked by the fact that a man is no 
longer afraid to hit you, meaning that when I get 
the respect I yearn for, I feel it by way of a body 
blow that puts me on the canvas. 

MON, 24 SEP 2001 

This summer, the roughhouse boxers made their 
way into town. People kept asking me if I was 
fighting over at Cheap Charlie's, one of a few local 
bars that sponsors brawls. And after a while, I had 
to laugh, as I realized that most people have no 
concept of the difference between what I train to 
do and brawling in a back alley. I suppose that's 
why people are surprised that I box. They don't 
know that the sport of boxing isn't really all that 
gory or crude. That it's about timing, and move- 
ment, and agility. That in many ways, it's like danc- 
ing, and when it's done right, it looks like superb 

WED, 14 NOV 2001 

Something great has been going on in our gym 
lately. There are now about seven women who train 
consistently at the Fairbanks Boxing Club. One of 
them, Pearl, a Fairbanks police officer, is at a tour- 
nament right now, and we were able to prep her by 
putting her in the ring, round after round, with five 
or six different women. We are all going to im- 
prove, because the diversity will make us better 

It's funny to look around the gym and see 
women outnumbering men some days. Our pres- 
ence is a constant now, and that makes it a whole lot 
easier to simply go to the gym and train hard — all 
any boxer really wants to do. 

Fighting in Fairbanks, 

Megan Gerson '00 has been a Jesuit Volunteer and 
Youth Outreach Coordinator for the Interior AIDS 
Association in Fairbanks, Alaska, since August 2000. 

44 WINTER 2002 




When I was a kid at Regis High 
School in New York City during the 
late 1950s, a number of us eager 
types read a small book called Mr. 
Blue on the recommendation of a 
Jesuit scholastic or 
two. First published 
in 1928, Mr. Blue 
was the fictional 
creation of Myles 
Connolly, a 1918 
Boston College 
graduate who went 
on to make a re- 
spectable mark in 
Hollywood writing 

Connolly wrote 
scripts for, among others, Spencer 
Tracy, Jimmy Durante, and June 
Allyson, and was nominated for an 
Oscar for his work on the 1944 


wartime tearjerker Music for Millions. 
He produced or wrote 40 films in 
all, but when he died in 1964, his 
single greatest legacy was generally 
acknowledged to be Mr Blue. The 

book remained in 
print for most of 
60 years. Nothing 
Connolly pub- 
lished subsequent- 
ly — he wrote three 
more parable nov- 
els — came close to 
being as popular. 

Besides being 
brief, at 152 pages, 
Mr. Blue featured 
what adolescents 
are most likely to be drawn to in a 
novel: a youthful protagonist who 
can thumb his nose at the establish- 
ment and get away with it. The book 

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and to reread and love." 



■ Mr. 


Myles Connolly 


Witk a New Preface by 
Joseph F. Girzone 





is about a young man — the eponymous Blue him- 
self—who decides to take Christianity seriously as a 
layman, not as a chore but as a challenge. He 
chooses poverty. He lives variously in a festively 
painted packing crate on the roof of a skyscraper 
(where he flies kites and frees balloons); in man- 
sions, thanks to a surprise inheritance that he soon 
dispenses; in the spartan garret of a Boston lodging 
house; and in the ward of a city hospital, where, in 
the end, he dies. He works "here and there," at 
shoveling snow or chopping wood, surviving on 
"backdoor begging" for meals. He speaks of Christ 
to anyone who will listen and to some who won't. 

And he prays passionately, alone in his attic, be- 
fore a massive cross. Blue intrigues, awes, and trou- 
bles the narrator, a somewhat older man caught up 
in the workaday life of a businessman, his feet 
squarely planted on the ground. 

As young Catholics, my high school friends and I 
were captivated by the idealistic rebel in Mr. Blue. 
He reminded us of Holden Caulfield and perhaps a 
bit of Dorothy Day, the only clear American saint of 
our generation. To our teachers, the book formed a 
continuum with the robust, paradoxical defense of 
Christianity laid out by the British author G. K. 
Chesterton, beginning with his Orthodoxy, pub- 
lished in 1909. 

Recently, I read Mr. Blue again, and I have come 
to realize that the character of Blue must also have 
appealed to us all, and to countless other readers, 
because he was a uniquely American personality. As 
Myles Connolly wrote him, J. Blue was the man 
that the ambitious Jay Gatsby might have become 
had he steered by a higher truth than the sound of 
money in Daisy Buchanan's voice. 


Chesterton's effect on several generations of young 
Catholic intellectuals-in-the-making. He took on 

Clockwise from lower left: editions of Mr. Blue from 1990, 1965, 
1954, and 1928, the year of its first printing 


the modern world with all its scientific works and 
philosophical pomps in the name of a reimagined 
Christendom, alive with story and redolent of para- 
dox. "To have fallen into any of the fads from 
Gnosticism to Christian Science would indeed have 
been obvious and tame," he wrote in Orthodoxy. 
"But to have avoided them all has been one 
whirling adventure; and in my vision the heavenly 
chariot flies thundering through the ages, the dull 
heresies sprawling and prostrate, the wild truth 
reeling but erect. . . . There are an infinity of angles 
at which one falls, only one at which one stands." 

Chesterton's method was simple but brilliandy 
realized: One by one he raised and demolished, 
often through ridicule or humor, the suppositions of 
pseudoscience and the secular nostrums of the edu- 
cated classes. In response to the Freudian notion 
that Gothic spires were phallic symbols, Chesterton 
sagely agreed; otherwise, he deadpanned, they 
would surely have been built upside down. 

Chesterton saw himself as an apostle of affirma- 
tion in a world gone gray. At the same time, he 
threw open doors and windows in a Church that 
seemed cautious to a fault and not very interested in 
new ideas. The Council of Trent had settled all the 
important questions four centuries before, but G. K. 
made orthodoxy exciting, even dangerous. Rather 
than viewing it as a straitjacket that stifled Christ- 
ian theology, he preferred to see orthodoxy as a glo- 
rious balancing act and spoke of its "romance." 
Myles Connolly made young Mr. Blue its ardent 

In 1924, just four years before Mr. Blue ap- 
peared, Chesterton published his version of the life 
of St. Francis of Assisi, another brief book with 
great staying power. Did Myles Connolly, then. 27 
years old, read it? I think it more than likely. Cen- 
tral to Chesterton's understanding of Francis is the 
notion of seeing the world with a God's-eye per- 


spective. He imagines Francis going down so 
deeply into his cave of prayer that he comes up, as 
it were, on the other side: 

[Francis] sees things go forth from the divine as 
children going forth from a familiar and ac- 
cepted home, instead of meeting them as they 
come out, as most of us do, upon the roads of 
the world. . . . He who has seen the whole 
world hanging on a hair of the mercy of God 
has seen the truth; we might almost say the cold 
truth. He who has seen the vision of his city up- 
side down has seen it the right way up. 

Connolly set Mr. Blue in Boston, his hometown, 
but also in New York City, because that metropolis 
of strivers was exactly the right venue for Blue and 
his Roaring Twenties restaging of the St. Francis 
story. From atop the skyscrapers of Kenneth 
Clarke's "heroic materialism," Blue shouts his chal- 
lenge to the modern world and its hubris, much as 
Francis did to the burgeoning market economy of 
13th-century Assisi. And he does so with the same 
dramatic panache, for Blue is a poet as well as a 
mystic, a man, like Francis, with a sense of play and 
a talent for the grand gesture. 

Blue is always gesturing. He loves marching 
music, delights in color, the brighter the better, and 
thinks of money only as something to be spent, 
quickly, generously, and extravagantly, so that he 
can be without it. There is no middle ground for 
him, and this makes the narrator uncomfortable 
and wary — surely, life is about getting a job, settling 
down, having a family. But Blue is a misfit; he 
craves nothing. 

Of course, he is also a challenge, like Francis. 
For the narrator and, I suspect, for many readers of 
Connolly's book, Blue represents the folly of the 
saints, to be admired if not exactly imitated. On the 
narrator's first meeting with Blue, he confesses: 
"The more I listened to Blue the more I liked him. 
I liked his looks, to begin with. Anybody would. 
But besides that there was a certain spectacular 
quality, one might call it a certain spectacular sani- 
ty, beneath all his ideas that was novel and stimu- 
lating to me." 

Spectacular sanity: the echo of Chesterton is un- 
mistakable. Blue's ideas are infectious, and his the- 
ology entirely orthodox: The Incarnation is what 
makes the immense power and beauty of creation 
bearable to him. But for Jesus, Blue says, "I would 
be crushed beneath the weight of all these worlds." 

Opposed to such sanity stands the more ordinary 
kind that the narrator can't seem to get beyond: 
"the attitude," he says, that "was the attitude of 
everyone everywhere. Blue, I'm afraid, was not 
marked out for success." 

in 1925, f. scott Fitzgerald's 

The Great Gatsby appeared, a year after Chesterton's 
St. Francis of Assisi and three years before Mr. Blue. 
The brief novel, now an academic classic, recounts 
the story of Jay Gatsby, a mysterious millionaire who 
takes his place, somewhat brashly among the mon- 
eyed aristocracy of eastern Long Island in pursuit of 
Daisy Buchanan, the love of his impoverished youth. 

In the very first sentence of his novella, Myles 
Connolly identifies his hero as J. Blue. Could that 
be a coincidence? Hardly, for someone as well read 
as Connolly. Jay Gatsby stands for everything that 
Blue, three years later, rejects: the pursuit of great 
wealth, the willingness to do whatever it takes to 
win, the craving for status and acceptance. Gatsby is 
also, as Blue turns out to be, bigger than life, lavish 
in style, doomed to die young, a striking figure who 
fascinates and puzzles his own half-admiring chron- 
icler, the reserved future journalist Nick Carraway 

Can we imagine Gatsby and Blue inhabiting the 
same space in the Jazz Age before the Crash? De- 
spite their commitments to radically different value 
systems, these two might have hit it off. Certainly, 
the view from the skyscraper would have stirred 
Gatsby; he might even have been able to pick out the 
light on Daisy's dock in East Egg, with the help of 
binoculars. And certainly the lavish style Blue takes 
up briefly on inheriting a fortune — multiple houses, 
limousines, world trips — would have appealed to Jay 
Gatsby. But Blue's true delight in his wealth is in giv- 
ing it away as fast as possible, hiring servants and 
then setting them up in their own homes, keeping 
his fortune in over a hundred checking accounts so 
he can write checks at any time. 

There is a startling echo of Jay Gatsby in Con- 
nolly's book. Halfway through Gatsby, Nick Car- 
raway reveals the millionaire's origins as Jay Gatz, 
the son of a shiftless farmer, who re-created himself 
as the worldly Jay Gatsby, sprung "from his Platon- 
ic conception of himself. He was a son of God, a 
phrase which, if it means anything, means just that, 
and he must be about his Father's business, the ser- 
vice of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty." 

Contrast that with Blue's apostrophe to the stars 
from the roof of his Manhattan skyscraper: "God is 
more intimate here. . . . Don't you find Him so? 

48 WINTER 2002 

Boston College seen from the vicinity of St. Ignatius Church, prior to the filling of the upper Newton reservoir 


We were tramping out in the Newtons, out around 
the twin reservoirs which they call lakes. Dusk was 
sifting out of Boston and giving the massed trees — 
of which there are plenty in Newton — that stealth 
and secrecy which is their pretense at night. Boston 
College, with its solid Gothic tower, stood black 
against the last smoking flame of the November 
sunset. We were down in the dark. But no one could 
mind the dark, even of November, with the Gothic 
that dominated the hill. Blue caught his breath at the 
magnificent silhouette. 

"That gives me courage," he said, with his face up 
toward the hill crest. "Of late, I have been melan- 
choly with autumn — a sign of adolescence or old 
age. But I couldn't be melancholy with that above 
me. Not that I care for the Gothic, but for what it rep- 
resents. Sunsets may flare, and the blackness of 
hades eclipse the earth, but that will endure." 

"An earthquake could toss it into the lakes," I 

"And so could the cataclysm at the end of the 
world. . . . But where that stands there will always be 

something, though no stone is left upon a stone." 

Blue is a mystic, and mystics while they appear 
crystal-clear are sometimes difficult to understand. 
He saw my shrugged shoulders. 

"No great battle for a great cause can ever be for- 
gotten. That up there is no mere group of college 
buildings; that up there is a battlefield, a sanctuary; 
that up there is a hearth and home for the Lost 
Cause that is never lost, the citadel of a strength that 
shall outlast the hill and rock it stands upon. . . . 
Once heroes built fortresses against the Mongol and 
the Saracen; now they must build fortresses against 
the whole world. . . . 

"I tell you I know what I am talking about. Once 
they — the believers, the students, the scholars, the 
soldiers, the saints — could fight heresies and 
heretics. Today they have to fight a state of mind." 

Excerpted from Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly. Copyright 
© 7928 by the MacMillan Company; copyright renewed 
1956 by Myles Connolly. Reprinted with the permission 
ofScribner, a division of Simon e( Schuster, Inc. 



This is height without desolation, isolation without 
emptiness. ... I think my heart would break with 
all the immensity if I did not know that God Him- 
self once stood beneath it, a young man, as small as 
I. . . . I'm no microcosm. I, too, am a Son of God!" 

Blue and Gatsby clearly serve different Gods, 
who nonetheless lead each of them to an early 
grave. Their deaths, however, could hardly be more 
different. Worshiping mammon and his memory of 
Daisy, Jay Gatsby finds himself defeated by both. 
Daisy refuses to admit that she never loved her hus- 
band, Tom, thereby destroying Gatsby's romantic 
dream. Moreover, her willingness to let Gatsby 
shoulder responsibility for her reckless driving — 
which killed Tom's mistress — costs Gatsby his life, 
at the hands of the victim's aggrieved husband. 

J. Blue also dies because of the reckless driving 


of the rich. And like Gatsby, he dies protecting 
someone else, pushing a homeless black man out of 
danger and taking the blow from the speeding lim- 
ousine himself. But there the parallel stops. What 
propels Blue, like Gatsby, is a dream, but a selfless 
one, founded on the gospel example of Jesus and 
renewed in a quite literal way a millennium later by 
the man from Assisi. Blue has chosen a way of life 
that startles, challenges, and puzzles the people 
around him just as thoroughly as Jesus and Francis 
did in their times. 

What was Myles Connolly's aim in writing Mr. 
Blue? Like Chesterton he wanted to confound the 
materialists and the skeptics, to proclaim a Chris- 
tianity full of romance and gusto, to launch a chal- 
lenge to the materialism Jay Gatsby so reflexively 
embraced. But after Connolly's death, in 1964, his 
wife suggested that the story was also autobiograph- 
ical. The young Connolly himself had loved kites, 
balloons, brass bands, the movies, and the Mass; Mr. 
Blue was his youthful challenge hurled at the world. 

In 1954, when Connolly was in his late fifties and 
the father of five children, he backed off a bit from 
the message of Mr. Blue in a foreword to the book's 
silver anniversary edition: "I also feel that Mr. Blue, 
like Thoreau, failed to make the deeply important 
distinction that what is sauce for the bachelor may 
not be sauce for the married man and father at all." 
Wiser? Sadder? Perhaps just older. Which is why 
Jesus always insisted that the kingdom of God be- 
longed by natural right to the young and the poor. 
The rest of us are allowed in on sufferance. 

John Breslin, SJ, is the rector of the Jesuit community 
at Lemoyne College, in Syracuse, New York. 

Mr. Blue's creator Myles Connolly in 1937. Director Frank Capra 
called him, "my friend and severest critic — but also my ace-in- 
the-hole story constructionist." 

50 WINTER 2002 


HIGH TECH — In attendance at 
the Boston College Technology 
Council inaugural kickoff meet- 
ing in November were, from 
left, University Trustee Jack Con- 
nors, Jr. '63; University President 
William P. Leahy, SJ; Council 
cochair Dan Nova '83, chairman 
of Highland Capital Partners; 
and Council cochair University 
Trustee Peter Bell '86, chairman 
and CEO of StorageNetworks, 
Inc. The Technology Council is 
modeled after the successful 
Wall Street Council, and will 
gather prominent graduates in 
the technology field to assist 
advancement efforts for the Uni- 
versity and provide networking 
opportunities for alumni and 


Goizueta Foundation establishes Hispanic/Latino scholarship 

The Goizueta Foundation has 
made a $1 million gift to 
Boston College to establish 
and endow the Goizueta 
Foundation Scholars Fund to 
provide need-based scholar- 
ship assistance annually to 
Hispanic/Latino students. 

Established in 1992 by 
Roberto C. Goizueta, the 
Goizueta Foundation focuses 
its philanthropy on education- 
al and charitable institutions. 
Goizueta was chairman of the 
board of directors and chief 
executive officer of the Coca- 
Cola Company until his death 
in October 1997. 

"Need-based scholarships 
like those made possible by the 

Goizueta Foundation send a 
powerful message to deserving 
students that it is possible to at- 
tend and achieve success at a 
national private university such 
as Boston College," said Robert 
Lay, dean of enrollment man- 
agement at Boston College. 
Currently 5 percent of BC stu- 
dents are Latino. 

Boston College has worked 
at increasing the number of 
ALIANA (African-American, 
Hispanic, Asian, and Native 
American) students enrolled at 
the University. The Goizueta 
Foundation scholarship will 
bolster this effort and is one 
in a growing number of initia- 
tives to support AHANA en- 

rollment and scholarship at 
Boston College. 

The University's AHANA 
student retention rate has 
risen from 17 percent to 80 
percent over the past two 
decades. Director of AHANA 
Student Programs Donald 
Brown credits this rise to BC's 
ability to provide key services 
such as academic advisement, 
tutoring, personal counseling, 
academic performance moni- 
toring, career advisement, and 
comprehensive financial aid. 

Special programs, such as 
the Benjamin E. Mays Mentor- 
ing Program, which pairs 
AHANA freshmen with faculty 
mentors, and the Gospel Cara- 

van, which provides transporta- 
tion to Sunday morning wor- 
ship services in the Boston area, 
contribute to the high AHANA 
student retention rate. 

"The Goizueta Foundation 
affords a wonderful opportuni- 
ty to prepare Latino students 
for positions of authority and 
responsibility in the work- 
place," said Brown. "Latinos 
are underrepresented in virtu- 
ally every institution in our 
society. This scholarship fund 
will help ensure that Latino 
graduates are present in the 
teaching profession, the legal 
arena, the medical field, and 
virtually every other profes- 
sional arena of our society." 



Professor's wife makes $250,000 bequest 

Charles Dolan 


Charles Dolan, chairman of Cable- 
vision Systems Corp., will be hon- 
ored at the 14th annual Boston 
College Wall Street Council Tribute 
Dinner in New York City on April 
18. The dinner raises more than 
$1.5 million annually for the Uni- 
versity's Presidential Scholars 
Program, which provides a select 
group of undergraduates with a 
four-year comprehensive educa- 
tional experience. Cochairs of this 
year's dinner are Robert M. Devlin 
P'88, '90, former chairman of 
American General; Mario J. Gabelli 
P'90, '94, '95, '00, chairman of 
Gabelli Asset Management; and 
Peter S. Lynch '65, vice chair- 
man of Fidelity Management and 
Research Corp. 


Boston College is announcing a 
restructuring and major expansion 
of its development division. The 
restructuring involves the promo- 
tions of Marianne E. Lord '79 from 
director of capital giving to associ- 
ate vice president for leadership 
gifts, and Robert G. Millar III, 
MS'oo, from director of develop- 
ment for advancement services 
to associate vice president for ad- 
vancement services. The division 
expansion will include the addition 
of more than 40 new professional 
staff members over the next two to 
three years. 

The late Anna Mary White, 
wife of the late Frederick E. 
White, a former Boston Col- 
lege physics professor, has 
made a bequest of $250,000 
to Boston College. 

During his 38-year tenure 
at Boston College, Professor 
White was acting chairman of 
his department, a member 
of the pre-medical and pre- 
dental advisory committee, and 
assistant dean of the Graduate 
School of Arts and Sciences. 

He also served as moderator 
of Sigma Phi Sigma, the 
University physics club, and 
as acting director of the Na- 
tional Science Foundation Insti- 
tute for Teachers of High 
School Physics. 

"Fred had a sense of conti- 
nuity and constancy that had in- 
fluence on his colleagues as 
well as his students," said Uni- 
versity Historian Thomas H. 
O'Connor '49, MA'50. "He was 
a visible and lovable part of the 

Boston College community. He 
was somebody that everybody 
saw and everybody knew. The 
Whites clearly believed deeply 
in Boston College." 

In recognition of this gift 
and of Professor White's many 
contributions to the sciences 
at Boston College, the Univer- 
sity will name an area in the 
newly renovated Higgins Hall, 
home of the biology and 
physics departments, in honor 
of the Whites. 


Fund benefits Hellenic studies and athletics 

Drake Behrakis '86, president 
and chief executive officer of 
Markwich Associates, LLC, 
and his wife, Maria, have cre- 
ated the Maria E. and Drake 
G. Behrakis '86 Endowment 
Funds in Hellenic Studies and 
Athletics. The gift, which 
totals $300,000, is in honor of 
Behrakis 's 15th class reunion. 

"We wanted our gift to 
go toward something person- 
ally meaningful. I've always 
been a fan of BC athletics, and 
our Greek heritage is very 
important to us. We felt this 
was the best way to honor 
these two priorities in our life 
and make them more availa- 
ble for others to enjoy." 

The gift consists of 
$200,000 to establish the 
Behrakis Fund in Support of 
Hellenic Studies and $100,000 

for the Behrakis Athletic Fund. 

The Hellenic Studies 
Fund will help support a vari- 
ety of activities related to 
Hellenic studies, including lec- 
tures, museum and scholarly 
exhibits, and international pro- 
grams with a focus on the na- 
tion of Greece. 

"Hellenic studies offer 
rich lessons in both culture 
and history. It is wonderful to 
have the support of the 
Behrakis family and to be 
able to bring Hellenic studies 
to an even broader audience," 
said John J. Neuhauser, 
academic vice president and 
dean of faculties. 

The Athletic Fund will 
generate income to be used for 
specific needs of the athletic 
department. "Drake has been 
involved with Boston College 

Drake G. and Maria E. Behrakis 

athletics on a variety of levels," 
said Gene DeFilippo, director 
of athletics. "This generous 
gift will provide us with much 
flexibility in meeting the fu- 
ture needs of Boston College 
athletics and will greatly bene- 
fit our student-athletes." 

52 WINTER 2002 


True east 

Associate Theology Professor John Makransky is a lama in the lineage of 
Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. In his book Buddhist Theology: Critical Reflections by 

Contemporary Buddhist Scholars (2000), coedited with Roger Jackson, 
he invites Buddhists to consider their tradition's relationship with modernity 

An interview by Robert Cohen 

Does Buddhism have anything like Cod? 

Sometimes apologists, trying to inter- 
pret Buddhism to a secular, postmod- 
ern world, too quickly say, "No, there's 
nothing like God in Buddhism, and 
therefore it should be very interesting 
to you." But I wouldn't agree with that. 
There are certain qualities usually 
associated with God in other religions 
that are ascribed to the Buddha and to 
those who followed in his footsteps in 
the various Buddhist traditions— such 
as the most revered Zen masters and 

Tibetan lamas. Buddhahood implies a 
penetrating insight pointing the way 
to ultimate freedom, or nirvana. The 
qualities that follow on that insight — 
unconditional compassion and love, 
spontaneous generosity, an unstop- 
pable will to be offered up to the 
world — are analogous to qualities of 
God or of someone who has become 
receptive to God in Christian or Jew- 
ish tradition. 

But there are also aspects of the 
Christian or Jewish God that would 

not be accepted within Buddhism. 
Buddhism does not have the concept 
of a God who created the universe. In 
a way it substitutes for that notion the 
doctrine of "dependent arising," which 
says that anything we experience arises 
in dependence upon its own causes and 
conditions, including our patterns of 
thought and action. Buddhists focus on 
the notion that we mistake our 
thoughts of the world for the world, 
construct our experiences accordingly, 
and suffer for that. A quick example: 


When someone cuts me off in traffic, I 
may have an immediate perception of 
that person as a simple jerk. That may 
lead me to feel wrenched up in anger 
or to cut him off in return. It seems in 
that moment that I really am the cen- 
ter of the world. 

The Buddhist path around that 
would require seeing into the actual re- 
ality — recognizing that the other dri- 
ver, like me, is what Buddhists call a 
"conditioned" being, a product of many 
causes, including habits of thought that 
put him in the center of his own 
thought-constructed world. Maybe he 
was thinking about a fight he had with 
his wife that morning, or maybe he was 
anxious to get to work because his boss 
is overbearing. He's no longer a jerk to 
be angry at. If we see things as they ac- 
tually are — how profoundly condi- 
tioned we all are, and how much we all 
suffer for it — then our reaction will be 
empathy or compassion. 

Is there any counterpart to a judgmental 
Cod? Are reward and punishment absent in 

There is a Buddhist analog, in a way, 
in the teaching of karma. Karma is the 
Sanskrit word that literally means ac- 
tion and intention behind actions. Al- 
though we mostly are not conscious of 
it, our every intentional action has the 
profound and subtle effect of imprint- 
ing within us the capacity to be happy 
or unhappy, and the capacity to dis- 
cover our inmost nature of compas- 
sion or to be lost to it. Therefore our 
actions, virtuous or nonvirtuous, mat- 
ter very much. But karma does not in- 
volve a deity who stands above or 
apart, judging our behaviors as good 
or bad. It is simply a natural law. 

Earlier you mentioned that there are various 
Buddhist traditions. What do Buddhists dis- 
agree on? 

The diversity within Buddhism is 
comparable to the diversity within the 
other great religious traditions, such 
as Christianity. Some 2,500 years ago, 
the Buddha taught four noble truths: 

The first was the truth of suffering; 
the second concerned the causes of 
suffering, including karma and self- 
clinging patterns of thought; the third 
was the cessation of the causes of suf- 
fering, in mind and body, or nirvana; 
and the fourth was the truth of path, 
which is the discipline through which 
one can awaken into freedom from 
suffering and cease to be a condi- 
tioned, reactive person. These first 
teachings are shared among all the 
Buddhist traditions, but the interpre- 
tation of them in the various cultures 
of Asia has become quite diverse. 

A Buddhist in, say, Sri Lanka, may 
have a hard time understanding a Bud- 
dhist in Japan. Sri Lanka has a conserv- 
ative Buddhist tradition that focuses 
primarily on ethical disciplines and aes- 
thetic monasticism, as well as on high- 
er meditation practices of stable 
attention and insight into the imperma- 
nent nature of phenomenal reality. By 
contrast, certain kinds of Japanese Bud- 
dhists pray to a cosmic Buddha named 
Amida. They rely in faith totally on the 
Amida Buddha to liberate them at the 
time of death and draw them to his 
pure realm. There they believe they 
will receive special teaching and en- 
lightenment, not so much through self- 
discipline as through the power of 
Amida Buddha's Buddhahood. 

Do the differences in doctrine express them- 
selves in concrete ways, in ordinary life? 

In Asian cultures, Buddhism is very 
much a practice. The vast majority of 
Asian Buddhists are not highly 
schooled in doctrine. But from a very 
young age they are taught how to bow, 
how to make offerings to the Buddha 
or to the religious community, simple 
forms of meditation, ways of chanting 
sacred prayers and ancient sacred 
sounds in order to make them more 
receptive to the unconditioned, tran- 
scendent dimension. 

When I was living in Nepal and 
hiking through parts of the Himalayas, 
I sometimes would hear the sound of a 
whole village chanting the most com- 

mon mantra of Tibetan Buddhism, om 
man-ni pad-me hum, om man-ni pad-me 
hum. It's the prayer of the Buddha of 
compassion. You could hear it at a dis- 
tance — the people all chanting togeth- 
er as they worked in the fields — almost 
like the hum of a thousand bumble- 
bees. I would argue that for them this 
is a way of understanding doctrine, 
even though they may not be able to 
talk about it like a trained monk or 
scholar. They are actually practicing 
the doctrines with their bodies. 

In your book, there is a chapter about "en- 
gaged Buddhism" that looks at Buddhist 
political and social activism. Is there a long 
history of such involvement? 

Well, yes and no. There have always 
been populist movements rising up in 
the name of Buddhism against social 
oppression — for example, the Ma- 
hayana movements that spread from 
India in the first centuries C.E. to Cen- 
tral Asia, then to China, Japan, Korea, 
and Tibet. Mahayana traditions in 
those lands put special emphasis on the 
capacity of all for spiritual liberation. A 
follower of the Buddha will be pro- 
foundly concerned about social justice 
because the fundamental Buddhist 
concern is to make the possibility of 
freedom available to others. And how 
can anyone possibly explore that possi- 
bility while struggling just to survive? 

But "engaged Buddhism" is a mod- 
ern term. It refers to a contemporary 
development very much like what 
happened within Christianity and Ju- 
daism after the Enlightenment in the 
West, when new frames of social, eco- 
nomic, and political analysis had a 
profound effect on the understanding 
of how Christians or Jews ought to 
participate in the world as Christians 
or Jews. 

In Sri Lanka, in Thailand, in 
Burma — in fact, all over the Buddhist 
world — you now find movements to 
explore Buddhism's relevance for so- 
cial and economic development and its 
role as a prophetic voice for human 
rights and against oppression. 

54 WINTER 2002 

The prominent Buddhist Thich 
Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese monk, was a 
leader of a nonaligned movement dur- 
ing the Vietnam War trying to bring 
together political and social forces for 
peace. And the Dalai Lama belongs to 
boards and councils all over the world 
that involve themselves with human 
rights. He's been very concerned 
about threats to the environment, and 
he has been reevaluating the structures 
of power within Buddhism regarding 
women and men and religious and lay 
people. And of course he's working 
hard to get the current Chinese gov- 
ernment to deal with the problem of 
Tibetan freedom. He's also, like 
Aquinas, of the view that the truths of 
reason — which include science — and 
the truths of faith should not contra- 
dict one another. He's open to reinter- 
preting aspects of Buddhism in line 
with findings in neuroscience, cogni- 
tive science, and even physics. 

Is modernity subverting Buddhism, as one 
of the contributors to your book puts it? 

Perhaps to some degree. I also suspect 
that, as in the past, the principles of 
Buddhism have a tendency to subvert 
whatever culture they enter. Buddhism, 
in whatever form, says that human hap- 
piness depends upon virtue and an 
openness to the transcendent dimen- 
sion of being that is unconditioned by 
temporal, self-clinging habits of 
thought. In that way, it's analogous to 
Christianity: It appears to be the oppo- 
site of secular, modern, Western under- 
standings of happiness based on the 
accumulation of material things or the 
achievement of a good reputation. 

Buddhism is subversive because it 
requires those who study it to look 
deeply into assumptions about where 
happiness originates, and to alter their 
behavior accordingly. How that works 
out in each culture can vary. 

I gather there's been a considerable in- 
crease in interest in the Buddhist path in 
the United States. Is a distinctly American 
Buddhism taking shape? 

I think it's beginning to. Generally 
speaking, the emphasis in the West 
and in the United States is on funda- 
mental meditation practices. Lay peo- 
ple, both men and women, are 
interested in learning what effect med- 
itation can have on their lives, how it 
can be a tool for becoming more pre- 
sent to one's spouse, to one's children, 
and to one's community, and offer an 
alternative to being lost in the suffer- 
ings of self-concern. 

Americans are drawing from a 
range of Buddhist traditions. There's 
been a strong interest in so-called in- 
sight meditations from Southeast Asia, 
in Zen meditation from China, Japan, 
Korea, and Vietnam, and in the basic 
meditations of Tibetan Buddhism. In 
the inner cities, we find the Japanese 
tradition called Soka Gakkai, which 
emphasizes chanting the name of a 
certain scripture and the possibility for 
one's life to be transformed through 
ritual practice. 

Another Western distinction is the 
very strong involvement of women. In 
Asian cultures, women have had the 
opportunity for higher learning in 
Buddhism, but not nearly so much as 
men. Here, you tend to see about 
equal numbers of men and women — 
maybe even higher numbers of 

There's also a broader sense of de- 
mocratization, a tendency to be skep- 
tical of hiearchy. I think what attracts 
many Westerners is that Buddhism 
provides entry to an inquiry into the 
very nature of reality, into the very 
heart of spirituality, and perhaps even 
into the very heart of what religion is 
supposed to be about — without some- 
one stopping them at the door with, 
Do you believe in X, Y, and Z? Will 
you memorize the following? 

There's a book called Awakening the 
Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the 
Western World, written by a contempo- 
rary Western teacher named Lama 
Surya Das, that identifies 10 distinc- 
tive trends in Western Buddhism, if 
you want to read more about this. 

What brought you to Buddhism? 

Initially, when I was young, in my 
twenties, I was caught by the teaching 
within Buddhism that life the way we 
live it ordinarily is suffering. That may 
seem strange, especially here in the 
United States where we have the means 
to get whatever we want. Yet no matter 
how much we get of whatever we want, 
we're still not finally happy. My experi- 
ence as a young man was that life 
seemed pretty hard a lot of the time. 

But over the years what I've come 
to appreciate the most about Bud- 
dhism is that it has such specific and 
concrete ways of looking, of paying at- 
tention, and of meditating to open the 
possibility that the inmost nature of 
human beings — unconditional com- 
passion — can be discovered within 
each individual. 

What's a Buddhist like you doing in a Jesuit 
institution like this? 

When I came to Boston College and 
first interviewed for a teaching job, I 
sensed something about this institu- 
tion that deeply attracted me. I later 
came to realize that Boston College 
provides a space for a sacramental vi- 
sion of the world. That's a Catholic ex- 
pression, meaning that there is an 
understanding that all of the different 
kinds of studies — whether English, bi- 
ology, sociology, or physics — are ways 
of expressing the very ground of our 
being; are all potential expressions of 
God. In Buddhism, there's something 
very analogous to that: The ordinary is 
a doorway into the extraordinary. 
Each aspect of the world offers poten- 
tial entry into nirvana, into a glimpse 
of freedom beyond the concerns of 

The deep spirituality and rigor that 
inform faith in the Jesuit and Catholic 
tradition are tremendously interesting 
to me. They support my own sense of 
the world, and they inspire me. 

Robert Cohen is a freelance writer based in 
Boston. His interview with sociologist 
David Karp appeared in Winter 2001. 




Editor's Note: Postscript is a new depart- 
ment that will reflect back on previous mag- 
azine stories. Following the terrorist attacks 
of September If BCM invited readers to 
send remembrances of alumni lost that day 
to its Web site, (The in- 
vitation remains open.) Here are excerpts. 


I read with sadness the notice of John 
Doherty. I had not seen nor spoken to 
John in many years, but we worked to- 
gether for awhile in 1973, when I [was] 
a marketing trainee for Commercial 
Union (CU) in Lower Manhattan. 
Our office was on John Street, not 
very far from the just completed 
World Trade Center. I arrived from 
Boston, not really knowing anyone. 

John was a commercial underwriter 
for CU at that time. He heard that a 
Boston boy had started so he sought 
me out to say hello. John was from 
Medford, I was from West Roxbury. 
Quickly we discovered we had BC as a 
common background, as well as our 
Boston roots. Just as quickly we be- 
came friends, and we would join oth- 
ers at the office and, a few nights each 
week, take part in the nightlife Man- 
hattan offered. Many times we would 
go out and paint the town red (some- 
times two coats) but we were young, 
single, and were in a great place. John 
was quiet but had a great sense of 
humor. He was very smart and very 
kind. He was just fun to be around. 

I was glad to see he was married and 
had a family. My condolences to his 
wife and two daughters. 

Ray Beattie 72 


Tom's enduring friendships with his 
BC classmates were evident at his 
memorial service in New York in Sep- 

tember. More than 30 BC colleagues 
were in attendance, and countless oth- 
ers have reached out to his family. 

Personally, I will remember Tom as: 
another native New Yorker from the 
other Jesuit high school in New York 
City • my next door neighbor from 
Duchesne West, who I met on my first 
day at BC • the roommate who lived 
with me for the next three years and 
shared so many college memories • the 
friend who grew closer long after we 
graduated • the connection that enabled 
me to know his wife, Marianne, and his 
children, Brendan and Caralyn • the 
person I talked to almost weekly on the 
phone right up until September 1 1th. 
James McEleney '87 


I knew Dan McNeal from several activ- 
ities at BC, including the Fulton Debat- 
ing Society and the Residence Hall 
Association, and as a fellow resident as- 
sociate with the housing office. I will al- 
ways remember Dan as what we hope 
the prototypical Boston College student 
will be: intelligent, with the ability to 
communicate the fruits of that intelli- 
gence to others; studious, with the abil- 
ity to understand that there are as many 
valuable experiences to be had outside 
the classrooms at BC as there are inside. 
Dan was always proud and happy to be 
a BC student, and I am sure that he re- 
mained a happy, proud BC alum. 

Before I graduated, Dan gave me a 
biography of a famous trial lawyer, 
which I have always kept with me in my 
office. When I found out about Dan's 
passing, I retrieved that book and once 
again turned to read the message he had 
written inside the cover page. When he 
wrote it, the words were meant to wish 
me well on my way from BC. I now 
rewrite what he wrote to me, to return 

those wishes to Dan and his family in 
this troubled time: "May the sun shine 
warm upon your face, may the wind be 
always at your back, and may God hold 
you in the palm of his hand. . . ." 

Dave Dering '92 

Loyola Blakefield High School in Tow- 
son, Maryland, is home to the Dons. 
Technically, a "Don" is a "Spanish lord 
or nobleman," but at the all-male 
school it is the embodiment of the Jesuit 
ideal: a man for others. In 1986, 1 came 
to Loyola a scared, lonely freshman. I 
don't remember the first time I met 
Dan McNeal, because he was the type 
of guy who made you feel like you'd 
known him all your life after speaking 
with him for five minutes. "Dan the 
Man," as we called him, was a true 
Don, a class leader, extremely compet- 
itive, a shoo-in for every student gov- 
ernment position for which he ran, but 
always modest. On campus, he was 
everywhere, breathless on some im- 
portant errand but always able to stop, 
smile, and make a witty remark. Dan 
followed the stock market, and the 
Wall Street Journal was often under his 
arm. While many of us slacked by 
keeping our ties loose, barely button- 
ing our top shirt buttons, Dan tied his 
tie in a full Windsor knot and wore a 
tie clip. He told me once, "If I'm going 
to tie a tie, I might as well do it the 
right way." 

He and I were the only two from 
Loyola's class of 1990 to attend Boston 
College. Now more than ever I will 
follow in his footsteps, as a man for 
others. I will be modest and giving. I 
will work hard, laugh often, do it 
right, hold the door for people, and tie 
my tie in a full Windsor knot. 

Alex Houston "94 

56 WINTER 2002 


Bam! Zap! Pow! 


At the moment, the New York City Comic Book Museum 
exists mostly in a Manhattan mini-storage facility and in a 
large closet in founder David Jay Gabriel's Upper West Side 
one-bedroom apartment. Gabriel preserves the museum's 
20,000 comic books in acid-free bags stashed inside acid- 
free boxes. He keeps even his current reading away from di- 
rect sunlight and heat. "If I could read them in the dark, I 
would," he says. 

The 34-year-old Gabriel is a former actor, now working 
in desktop publishing in the finance industry. He has been 
passionate about comics since he was six years old and his 
parents gave him a quarter to spend at a corner store. "It was 
a Fantastic Four issue," he recalls of his first comic book 
purchase. "All red, so colorful — I was hooked." 

Gabriel, who majored in English and minored in theater 
while at BC, is still a faithful fan of the Fantastic Four (the 
Human Torch, Invisible Woman, the Thing, and Mr. Fan- 
tastic, for the uninitiated). He describes his taste as "very 
mainstream." Fans of independent comics "would make fun 
of me," he says with a laugh. The museum's trove is actually 
his personal collection, officially on permanent loan (though 

Gabriel continues to finance its care and growth). Working 
alone, he has secured nonprofit, tax-exempt status for the 
museum. Now all he lacks is a permanent exhibit space. 

This hasn't kept Gabriel from establishing a virtual mu- 
seum on the Web (, or 
from mounting temporary shows. The New York Presby- 
terian Hospital hosted Gabriel's first exhibit — of "comics in 
the last 10 years that dealt with AIDS"— for World AIDS 
Day; the show later moved to the Empire State Building. A 
women's gallery in Manhattan has expressed interest in an 
exhibit of popular female comic book artists. And Gabriel 
would like to sponsor showcases for young talent. 

"I have no models to look to," he says. "I like making this 
all up as I go along." Lately he has had offers of help from all 
sorts of "closet comic book readers" — lawyers, teachers, mar- 
keting professionals, librarians. He's optimistic that in the 
near future "someone will have office space for the museum, 
and then someone will come to us who's a fan — with money." 

Ann Cohen 

Ann Cohen is a freelance writer based in New York City. 

Mario Gabelli, Chairman and CEO ofGabelli Asset Management, and a founder of the Boston College Wall Street Council, at a 
meeting of the Council in New York City. His children Marc 'go, Matthew 'gj, Michael 'oo, and Elisa Gabelli Wilson 'g<j are grad- 
uates of the University, as is his son-in-law Tom Wilson 'g$. 


Through a gift of $10 million, the Gabelli 
Foundation has endowed the Gabelli Distinguished 
Presidential Scholars Fund within Boston College's 
Presidential Scholars Program. The leadership edu- 
cation program attracts some of the most gifted stu- 
dents in the nation to Boston College. "As founder 
of the Gabelli Foundation, my father is committed 
to Jesuit education and BC," said foundation presi- 
dent Elisa Gabelli Wilson '95. "Fie was there when 
the concept of the Presidential Scholars Program 
was formulated and believes this gift from our foun- 
dation underscores our continuing belief that the 
program will create a group of future world leaders."